What is Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)?

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“Bring Your Own Device” refers to employees using their own personal mobile devices (typically smartphones or tablets) for business use.

Two trends have been major causes of the BYOD phenomenon:

  • Companies wanting to reduce complexity and cost of managing mobility
  • Employees wanting to use the most popular devices that they use as consumers, instead of the device provided by their employer
BYOD causes some challenges. Employees may feel that costs are being offloaded to them, and some system of expense chargeback or stipend may be needed. Technology designed for consumer use is typically not suited for an enterprise environment, and software such as Mobile Device Management (MDM) is required.

The term BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) has also been used, and may encompass laptops or other technology.

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