BYOD To CYOD: Is Making The Switch The Right Move?

Employers know that increased mobility leads to increased productivity. The majority of organizations expect their employees to be connected at all times via some sort of mobile device. To facilitate this, many companies have adopted a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy so that employees can use the same device for both business and personal purposes.

While BYOD does have its benefits, it is not without its drawbacks. Security is a major issue when sensitive company data is accessible from personal devices, as well as how to manage usage when the device is used for personal reasons. Both of these can lead to major overspending if not managed properly.

Making available to employees a choice of approved devices may provide more control for IT compared to allowing them to bring any mobile device to “the table”. Having all the devices under one corporate plan ensures security and support. Pre-setting limits enables better managed wireless costs. If the employee goes over the set amount, they are responsible for the fees.

If your current mobile strategy needs help, a CYOD plan may be the answer. When considering any new policy, remember these key points to better manage costs and usage:

Don’t overbuy.

Do not be fooled into buying a plan that provides more than what you need. Make it a habit to constantly review your bill and usage so that you can cut back where necessary.

Don’t pay for unused devices.

Reviewing your bill is the only way you can double check that all the devices you are paying for are still in use (i.e. devices that have been lost, destroyed, or belonged to a previous employee).

Set usage limits.

Predetermining limits will enable you to avoid any surprises on your wireless bill, help mange costs more effectively and eliminate the need to rely on employees to be honest about usage.

Keep contracts short-term

What to guarantee the best rates and be able to offer your employees the newest and fastest devices, make sure that you keep your contracts short-term.

Joseph B. Kappernick specializes in helping Fortune 500 companies save money. He recommends that you visit NPI Financial to learn more about telecommunication audit