BYOD ADOPTION - WHAT'S THE RUB?

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While working on my next article related to BYOD Benefits, I wanted to share the following question that popped into my mind to my social network of techie folks to see what your thoughts are.

BYOD was all the rage at one time. However, even with the major increase in remote work due to COVID, it seems BYOD is still not been widely accepted by most organizations.

The obvious reason is the cybersecurity concerns that one could argue about all day till the cows come home.

But what do you think is the biggest concern that stops adoption dead in its tracks?

Tagging a few peeps to see what their different thoughts are from different business expertise perspectives:
@mrosenquist, @enforcer48, @joshman, @facilitymanager

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To me, I do not think many employees are more opened to BYOD, perhaps largely due to the economic implications. I am talking WRT to a developing country like mine and do not know what is obtainable in developed countries. Will I be more willing to BYOD for a corporation? Perhaps if there are incentives to doing so.

Good point about developing countries. Here in the U.S. we take it for granted that almost everyone has a device of their own, whether it be a laptop or a smartphone or something else. Most everyone here has a phone of some sort they carry all the time so not sure an incentive would be needed.

 3 months ago 

Besides security?

I guess compatibility? It would probably bring in more variables when troubleshooting. It may also be prohibitive to some employees to obtain devices that meet recommended specs depending on the industry I suppose.

Great catch. Yes, from an IT management perspective, managing such a diverse environment would be a nightmare! However, I think there is a happy medium for companies and I think many have an "all or nothing" thought process. Example, would be just allowing for the use of just smartphones. Limited iOS to support, limited access through company apps and VPNs etc. Smartphones would not require much maintenance by the company as the employee would be more inclined to maintain their own phone, keep it updated and current etc.. I'll be talking to this later on in future posts.