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Choosing between BYOD & COPE? Their Advantages & Disadvantages

Smartphones and tablets are invading businesses, disrupting work habits and blurring the boundaries between the professional and private spheres. While creating enterprise mobile strategies, Organizations need to consider some of the essential elements for implementing enterprise mobile strategy. Among the essential elements of enterprise mobile strategy, choosing the right business approach such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) OR Corporate Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) is important. Some employers prefer to make available their employees a smartphone, a laptop or a tablet so that they can fulfill their daily missions. Others, especially small businesses, choose to let employees use their own devices. These two trends are commonly referred to as BYOD & COPE. Each model has its own benefits, and you should consider this checklist of things to see what fits in your organization. In this article, i would like to show a comparison of BYOD VS COPE with its advantages & disadvantages.


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) –

BYOD refers to the use of personal mobile computing devices such as Laptops, tablets, Smartphones for corporate/ business purposes. By incorporating BYOD, companies can see an increase in productivity by 16% over a 40 hour week.
Advantages & disadvantages of BYOD approach are –

Advantages –

1. Least Investment strategy
2. No extra time needed for Adapting to devices.
3. Improved Productivity with no restrictions or limitations on device usage.
4. Enables use for personal and corporate purposes.
5. No insurance

Disadvantages –

1. Security Issues – Data breach and loss
2. No proper device management with different versions and different devices in use.
3. Failure of devices leads to a productivity loss of employees.
4. A burden on IT teams managing and configuring diverse sets of devices
5. Unnecessary apps conflicting the corporate work.
6. Access to unsecured networks
7. May or may not run all the app

This is recommended for small and medium businesses who are not willing to invest much on devices.

Only 17 percent of IT executives have adopted a BYOD platform in their enterprise. Additionally, some organizations have used BYOD, then reverted to COPE, despite its much higher cost. – says research by Enterprise Mobility Exchange.

Corporate Owned Personally Enabled (COPE) –

COPE refers to a business approach in which organizations own mobile computing devices and provide these devices to employees for work and personal purposes. Security is the main focus of attention in COPE strategy. COPE is usually facored by large enterprises and is recommended in highly regulated fields such as banking, government, and healthcare where data needs to be controlled. Mobile device management and mobile application management are simple and more controlled with COPE.

Some advantages & disadvantages of COPE approach are-

Advantages –

1. Ensures Proper Device Management
2. Low Burden on IT
3. Restriction on device usage enables IT teams focus on Security
4. Smooth for corporate purposes
5. Alternatives exist even if the device fails

Disadvantages –

  1. Burns the cash
  2. Longer deployment times fue to heavy compliance requirements
  3. Insurance burdens
  4. Though it’s personally enabled, it does not serve all the purposes.

The future depends entirely on the technology that could change things up and down. Looking at BYOD VS COPE advantages & disadvantages, both have a foreseeable future. A huge push in the use of same devices & technology for personal purposes and corporate purposes is making companies go for BYOD. So BYOD is not going away, and COPE devices are finding new ways in enterprise mobility with organizations replacing BYOD with COPE. However, the BYOD market value is expected to see a 22% CAGR now through 2023, proving that SMBs and enterprises alike haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of mobility’s capabilities.