BYOD to BYOPC: Five Steps for Success

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Assist Users in Buying the Device

Provide a subsidy to assist users in buying their own device and engage with them to help them make the right personal choice. This will boost morale within the workforce and encourage users to purchase the device of their choice for work. Also plan to reimburse employees for a percentage of their data usage at home, while travelling, or while working outside the office.

Companies that do not subsidize the PC or Mac may find that users treat the device less like a work tool, and may begrudge any policies relating to the use of the PC for work. However, don't write blank checks and pay for the entire device. One of the goals of a BYOPC program is to save money and this won't happen if the organization is too generous. Provide guidance and help employees avoid spending their money unnecessarily, for instance when a mid-range PC or Mac would have been suitable for their needs.

The advent of bring your own device (BYOD) has brought about a revolution in the way employees access corporate resources, namely via their smartphones and tablets. And, although initially resisted by IT departments, many organizations now have a policy in place and allow employees to use their own smart devices for work. Enterprises, however, are no longer focusing only on BYOD, but instead have broadened their responsibility to encompass the bring-your-own-PC (BYOPC) movement.

As BYOPC evolves and takes hold, IT departments must decide whether the current technology offerings in the market are reliable and secure enough to protect corporate data. To do so, organizations need to establish a solid plan for dealing with BYOPC. In this slideshow, 1E outlines steps organizations should take to develop a successful BYOPC program.

 

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