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BYOD vs CYOD: Bring or choose your own device?

Adam Bender | March 21, 2013
Analysts outline the pros and cons of BYOD and CYOD

They "are just different methods of addressing consumerisation in the mobile space, there is no single right or wrong way-each organization has its own particular needs and requirements."

"While we know that BYOD behaviour is happening everywhere (and have survey data to prove it), I don't think that every company will adopt it as a strategy," he says. "They will find other ways to control it-and CYOD is a valid way of doing so."

Gedda points out that neither BYOD or CYOD in themselves provide the "best strategy for managing the data on the device."

Controlling devices more tightly with CYOD "does not necessarily mean you're using the best practices and software for managing the data on the device." He urges IT managers to additionally study the trend of employees wanting to use unapproved apps in the workplace, also known as bring your own application (BYOA).

"You could have the best practice for data and application management on BYOD and still be ahead of a controlled [device] environment."


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