As a multitude of operating systems and devices enter the workplace, many firms feel they are losing control.

Providing the option to 'Bring Your Own device' (BYOD) has been a popular strategy, but it is not suitable for all enterprises. This is especially true of larger organisations, which are struggling to cope with an increasing number of devices accessing the network.

In many cases, a BYOD policy is risky and difficult to implement. So is there an alternative?


A growing number of firms think so. They are replacing BYOD with 'Choose Your Own Device' (CYOD), a strategy known to deliver tangible benefits.

CYOD refers to a policy which enables users to choose a corporately approved tablet or smartphone from a pool of devices running a limited number of operating systems. The employee can use the phone for business and personal tasks, but the SIM card is owned by the enterprise.

CYOD is simple for IT departments to manage and secure. By limiting the types of devices entering the workplace, controlling access to the network is easier.


For example, CYOD allows firms to assign devices to fit with job profiles. This could mean some groups aren’t eligible for company- issued hardware: they could instead be given limited use of their own equipment.

Relinquishing control

Company-approved operating systems and devices make it easier for firms to mobilise business processes and applications. This could increase your company's efficiency by giving devices the ability load up work applications based on a user's profile, for example.

Whether for smartphones, tablets or laptops, it's likely CYOD's popularity will continue to grow. By selecting Windows 8.1 and Dell devices, enterprises can ensure employees stay productive while maintaining control.

Want to know how to plan and implement a CYOD policy? Our in-depth piece contains all you need to know.