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04.09.2014
 

What Is BYOD Really?

 

BYOD – Bring your own device.

Obviously you know what the term means, but how BYOD works in a practical sense is different to everyone. If you ask ten different people to explain what BYOD is and you will get 10 different answers.

 

BYOD may take various forms:

 

• The company gets out of the business of buying mobile devices and paying phone bills. Employees buy their own phones and bring them in.

 

• The company supplies the mobile devices, but users own the rights to do whatever they want with them.

 

• Users buy whatever devices they want, but the company still pays the monthly bill. (this is what we do at TechTarget, the company where I work.)

 

• The company buys the mobile devices and pays for the airtime, but users still bring in their own extra things. (This happens a lot. The company provides and pays for mobile phones, but users bring in their own iPads.)

 

• The company provides locked-down devices and bans BYOD, so users bring in their own stuff without telling anyone from IT.