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Businesses opt for CYOD twice as often as BYOD

Dominic Sacco

A 'choose your own device' (CYOD) IT/communications strategy is being run by businesses twice as often as 'bring your own device' (BYOD).

A study has shown that 31 per cent of organisations surveyed now run a CYOD policy compared to 17 per cent which run BYOD, claims Azzurri Communications. Additionally, company-wide deployment of CYOD policies has grown at twice the rate of BYOD - 12 per cent versus six per cent respectively. 

60 per cent say CYOD is the most approprate strategy for them, over 13 per cent which favour BYOD. 

BYOD is a mobile device policy that allows employees to connect their personal smartphones/tablets to the organisation’s network, while with CYOD the organisation owns the SIM/contract, but lets employees choose their own device to use. 


'Don't bring your own device' (DBYOD) is whereby device choice and ownership is set by the employer.

“Despite all the puff and promise of BYOD, the evidence shows that adoption is far lower than the hype would lead us to believe," said Rufus Grig, CTO at Azzurri Communications.

"While we have found BYOD to be best policy in certain, specific situations - such as in hospitals where consultants usually own their own devices - overwhelmingly our customers find that the hybrid ‘Choose Your Own Device’ or CYOD approach is the best fit for their needs as it offers the right balance of choice and control.

"CYOD is therefore the best of both worlds; a controlled network environment that still offers employees the benefit of a single work/home device of their choice. CYOD is also less of a cultural leap for the organisation, since maintaining ownership of the contract is much closer to the status quo of corporate provision." 

The full report can be downloaded here.

Image source: Shutterstock (BYOD)

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