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CIOs in Europe say BYOD is stalling

Tom Kaneshige | July 24, 2014
CIOs in the U.S. struggling with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend might want to look across the pond to see what their European counterparts are doing -- or rather, not doing.

Another reason is all the baggage BYOD brings. When employees come up against BYOD user policies asking them to sign away their expectations of privacy or BYOD management software that grants space on their personal device not under their control, Delaney says, "They start to become a little less keen."

Now a new BYOD blocker has emerged: the IBM-Apple partnership announced last week, whereby IBM will help usher iOS devices and exclusive vertical-industry apps into the enterprise.

More and more iPhones might end up on a company's Choose Your Own Device (COPE) list of company-owned devices, an alternative to BYOD that's growing in popularity in Europe, Delaney says. COPE takes the selection and procurement of mobile devices away from employees and brings them back to the IT department.

"One of the main drivers of interest in BYOD is that end users want to use iPhones and iPads for their work," Delaney says. "If your employer gives you an iPhone and/or an iPad, as a result of a joint sale from Apple and IBM, why would you want to bring your own?"


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