CYOD: A New Way to Embrace Mobile Devices

CYOD: A New Way to Embrace Mobile Devices

The proliferation of personal mobile devices is changing the way we do business — and companies are either embracing it, or sticking with the status quo. But there is another option that’s gaining momentum.

On one end of the spectrum is COPE (company-issued, personally-enabled), where the organization chooses which devices employees use, and the company owns and pays for the device.

On the other end of the spectrum is BYOD (bring-your-own-device), where employees are allowed to use their personal mobile device for work, but they pay for it and typically support it themselves.

The company benefits from BYO by not having to purchase the devices. But, because IT no longer has control over which devices are being used on the network, corporate security measures are difficult to enforce. There are also issues around data ownership, data integrity and the management of alien devices in the corporate environment.

A third option strikes the balance between COPE and BYOD, and it’s gaining in popularity.

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Enabling BYOD Through Mobile Apps

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You’ve decided to open up your organization to BYOD — so what’s next? Along with mobile devices comes the need for mobile apps.

One question that constantly arises: Which of our business applications should be made available on a mobile platform? While common apps that employees use every day (like CRM) are solid contenders, not every app will – or should – be available as an app. Think about the practicality of filling out a timesheet spreadsheet on a smartphone. [Read more…]

Surviving BYOA: Our Top 3 Apps for Work

While BYOD (bring-your-own-device) seems to be a major concern of IT administrators today, BYOA – or bring-your-own-application – is becoming increasingly as significant. Using third-party applications and cloud services in the workplace brings about a host of control, security and productivity considerations. And just like BYOD, BYOA is real. According to a recent Fortinet study of over 3,800 active employees in their twenties, 69 percent indicated that they were interested in creating and using their own applications, while 30 percent admitted they would likely contravene any restrictive company policies.

In this next BYOD Behind the Scenes expedition, I took a look at industry trends and conducted a poll of Softchoice employees to compile our top 3 applications to bring to work! Share this list to with your users and ensure they’re getting the most out of their chosen devices and can make the safest, most productive decisions for your company.

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BYOD Behind the Scenes: 3 Things to consider before embarking on your own journey

In my previous Behind the Scenes post, I explored how we developed and rolled out our own Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy.

With such heavy activity in the media coupled by relentless pressure from users, by now you’re probably seriously thinking about following our lead and taking the plunge into mobile consumerization-station.

Hold it right there! We’ve been where you have, and we confidently say there are three often overlooked considerations to be aware of before embarking on your own mobile BYOD journey.

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Behind the Scenes: Building a great BYOC Team

This is the second in a series about how Softchoice implemented BYOC. We hope you find the series interesting and look forward to your comments and thoughts on your experiences.

Building the team: You start with inviting a great marketing person to the team.

OK, most BYOC teams don’t have someone like me blogging about the process, and providing my “2 cents” based on things that I’ve read from marketing materials. But, having a marketing person does have its benefits, since there’s a lot of employee communications that require good writing skills. Plus, I have access to marketing survey tools, which is handy for our employee survey.

So other than me, who else is on the Softchoice BYOC team?

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Services Spotlight: Professional Services Industry Podcast

Over the years, we’ve worked very closely with a variety of market segments, to help them adapt, grow and thrive in spite of economic change and technology evolutions. With all that experience and knowledge behind us, we thought it would be interesting to hear from our Softchoice team directly, to share their insights and perspectives on how technology change is affecting different industries.

Professional Services Industry Spotlight: Podcast with Jane Bioletti

Jane Bioletti is Manager of Professional Services at Softchoice and has extensive experience working with a wide variety of consulting, legal and accounting firms. In this podcast, she shares her assessment  of how technology trends are impacting the consulting sector.

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Here’s a summary of Jane’s discussion:

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