What is the Scope of Your BYOD Initiative?

This is my sixth post in my series on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) intiatives. Once you understand what BYOD is, and you understand some of the issues surrounding BYOD you need to start firming up what BYOD is going to look like at your enterprise. So, one of the first things to get sorted is what is the scope of your BYOD initative? There can be just as much confusion over the scope of BYOD initiatives as there can be over the types of BYOD initiatives. Is your BYOD initiative focussed on mobile devices, phones and tablets, alone? Is it perhaps more restricted and looking only at smartphones? Do you have a wider brief including laptops? Or can it even include desktops? (The last one is really more of a joke – surely no employee wants to being their desktop to work!?) If you don’t get very clear agreement about this key point you are setting yourself up for failure. Imagine delivering an awesome BYOD solution for tablets and smartphones only to find out that what the marketing team were really wanting was the ability to use their new Macbooks at work!

When looking at the issues – both technological and non-technological – that surround BYOD we need to be careful about what devices we are looking to let our staff bring. It is important to be clear about the breadth of your initiative in order most importantly to manage expectations, but also to ensure that the right approach is chosen. The tools, policies and tactics will differ depending on what the scope is. Technologies that address mobile security often do not address laptop security for example. Policies about reasonable mobile data use do not apply to laptops.

So, when you start to look at BYOD in your workplace, my first piece of advice is talk to your key stakeholders and understand their expectations around scope.

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