More and more companies give their employees a choice in mobile devices like smartphones or tablets. This has been brought to light at a small survey recently organised by Mobistar at a roundtable discussion for twenty or so IT and HR managers. The discussion resulted in a few very interesting tips.
- Don’t just say ‘BYOD’, but also ‘CYOD’. One in two organisations gives its employees the choice of mobile devices, but it’s not always a pure ‘BYOD’ approach. Often, it is more of a so-called CYOD approach: ‘Choose Your Own Device’. This is where the employer offers a series of devices from which the employees can choose. Or they offer a voucher from a retailer, such as a Mobistar Centre, with which the employee can choose a device. Maybe that is an approach you too could take into consideration?
- Talk to everyone in your company. A free choice of devices impacts on everyone in your organisation. Traditionally, the IT and HR departments take the lead in a project of this sort. But make sure you don’t forget there are others involved: your financial department (for reasons including the fiscal benefits), your legal department (for reasons including the personnel policy) and don’t forget the users themselves. In other words, consultation is the key to success.
- Security comes first. When it comes to BYOD, Management believe security and policy are the most important points to take into consideration. And when it comes to controlling and managing the growing fleet of mobile devices, the security aspect is an absolute priority. In this situation, a ‘Mobile Device Management’ system can bring a great deal of relief. Besides this, a clear policy functions as a reliable mainstay. It specifies what is and is not allowed: in relation to social media, apps, company data and so forth. For this, you can develop profiles to categorise people, but don’t make it too complex.
- Besides devices, also apps. Not just about the choice of device, but also the applications or apps that run on the device need to be taken into consideration by your organisation. How can a company build, distribute, manage and secure them? Ask in advance what you should need to take into account.
- There is more than just the iPad. Today, an iPad is a device that speaks to a lot of employees. But you can also think about other tablets, for many reasons, including their more attractive pricing. From the roundtable discussion, it seems that a tablet or an iPad will not replace a computer for traditional tasks, such as data input. The majority of users continue to use a laptop or a portable computer in conjunction with a tablet or an iPad.