Why CYOD Didn’t Work for Me (And What You Should Do Differently)

Why CYOD Didn't Work for Me (And What You Should Do Differently)

As a participant in the CYOD pilot at Softchoice, I’ve been trying out my new tablet/laptop hybrid and chose my device based on the specs listed. I’m a power user, so I need at least a Core i7 and 8 GB of RAM. Storage isn’t a big deal, since I keep the majority of my files on Box , and so I can pick and choose what gets synchronized down to my device. From a technical perspective, the device I picked indeed met my spec requirements. Did it stand up to what a power user like me needs? Read on to find out.

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4 Steps to Choosing the Right Devices for CYOD

4 Steps to Choosing the Right Devices for CYOD

When we started planning our CYOD pilot, we faced two critical success factors right out of the gate. We needed to ensure participants could pick a device that would excite and inspire them, AND leverage our IT department’s expertise in providing technology that will perform admirably (and reliably) within our environment.

What Softchoice chose for CYOD

“We chose HP, Lenovo and Dell for our CYOD pilot — offering a subset of three to five devices per vendor,” said Ron Haslett, Senior Manager of eCommerce at Softchoice and a participant in the CYOD pilot program. “These vendors have a wide range of offerings with Windows 8, as well as global availability and warranty structures.”

Choosing the right line-up of devices for our CYOD pilot required some input from our own internal experts. Here are 4 considerations we would recommend you have in mind when building out the list of devices included in a CYOD program.

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The 3 Things You Must Do Before the Mac Invades your Enterprise

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Due to the growing demand for Apple products, more companies have given the green light on to the Mac. Forrester has estimated that almost 50% of North American and Western European companies now issue a Mac to their employees. Our “How to Decide if Your Organization is Apple-Ready” infographic also highlights a number of factors that are driving the enterprise Mac invasion.

Although more professionals are using the Mac for work, many IT departments fail to include them in their managed fleets. If you do the bare minimum when it comes to managing your company’s Mac fleet, you may face security breaches, data loss and difficulty providing Mac users with prompt help desk support.

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