Survey: Users still want company-issued devices

Many companies are adopting BYOD programs to allow employees to bring their own devices into work. However, both employees and IT may be better off when the company purchases devices that users choose. 

As IT consumerization has caught on, more employees are demanding choice in the computing devices they use for work. One way to allow that is through BYOD, where users simply bring in personal devices and have them approved by IT.

But that’s not the only way to give users a choice in the smartphones and other devices they work with. Many companies have also had success with a “choose your own device,” or CYOD, strategy, in which users choose a device that is then purchased and issued by the company.

Similar to some BYOD programs, companies can have a list of pre-approved devices that users can choose. Although CYOD eliminates the cost savings that come with having employees pay for devices themselves, it can also eliminate some of the security risks, legal issues and other challenges of managing employees’ personal devices.

Most users also prefer that to actually bringing in their own devices to work, according to recent internal survey conducted by Intel. Among the 2,545 Intel employees surveyed, 72% would only want to choose a device if Intel paid for it.

In other words, very few employees want to work on a personal device that they’ve paid for themselves.

CYOD programs don’t just benefit users in terms of cost. While some people appreciate the convenience of only having one device for both personal and work use, others are wary of giving the company access to a personal device and prefer to keep the two separate.

Which IT consumerization strategy is best: CYOD or BYOD? There’s no one answer. The best strategy for IT may be to do what Intel did and conduct a survey to find out what users in the company prefer.

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