One of the greatest concerns for today’s enterprises arises from the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend. BYOD can become tied up with issues related to security, networks, data ownership, and legal hitches. Moreover, employees may not like the idea of their devices being monitored remotely even if they leave the workplace.

A compromise called CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) is emerging from the mobile acronym jungle.

CYOD - Choose Your Own Device

What is CYOD?

The new buzzword in enterprise mobility is a mobile device policy that offers employees a choice of company-approved devices, paired with pre-determined operating systems. The employee typically purchases the device. The organization can retain the ownership of the device, but that’s more often called COPE (Company Owned Personally Enabled).

How does it work for an enterprise?

Using an Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution is the first and foremost step in CYOD. EMM is a step up from Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Mobile Application Management (MAM) in that it encompasses hardware, software, processes, policies, and people. It can go a long way to manage, monitor, and secure mobile devices.
Some companies implement EMM with “mobile device credits” that each employee spends. Employees can choose from the pool of approved devices, pick a data plan, add accessories, and purchase apps. Provisioning of the selected device enforces pre-set permissions and grants access to the company’s enterprise app store. Once deployed, the devices be used for both personal and company projects.


Compared to BYOD, CYOD offers a smaller range of choices to the user but can support each device much more effectively.

  • IT can manage deployment of multiple device options with optimized configurations.

  • Standardized settings let IT departments employ better planning on security and management.

  • Fewer operating system versions keep everyone on the same technological level.

  • Monitored data usage and bandwidth reduces overall cost.

  • Enforced security policies prevent malware and data loss.

Who Should Choose CYOD?

The right mobile deployment strategy depends on the nature of the organization. CYOD can be of great use to IT departments struggling to support too many different devices. At the same time, smaller companies might find that a more hands-off BYOD approach works better.

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