Thinking beyond data security: a comparison of the main mobile strategies

There’s no denying that mobile devices have become ingrained in every aspect of our lives. Employees, particularly those of the younger generation, are emotionally attached to their devices and apps, and expect the same technology experience at work that they get everywhere else.

As younger generations flood the workplace, having the right mobile policy in place is now a key consideration for businesses looking to attract and retain the talent they need. The Government’s 2013 Future of Work study reported that 92% of millennials identify flexible working as a top priority when choosing a job.

For this reason, defaulting to the old policy of buying and handing out devices to staff, or simply turning a blind eye to mobile usage, may not be good enough anymore. It’s time for organisations that have not done so already to navigate the alphabet soup of mobile strategy acronyms and start exploring options such as COBO, BYOD, CYOD and COPE.

But while some businesses have their mobile strategies worked out, many are still trying to get their heads around which approach to enabling mobility in the workplace is best for them. It’s a decision that is critical to get right. However, it’s often complicated by the overwhelming glut of advice available, and a focus on data security that tends to ignore many of the other issues to consider.

In this eBook we outline the different aspects to think about for the most popular mobile strategies in the form of a simple comparison table, so you can assess the benefits and risks of each.