Mobile devices are crucial to the success of today’s organizations. Unfortunately, many don’t have a formal enterprise mobility policy in place. Enterprise mobility is an approach to work in which employees can do their jobs from anywhere using a variety of devices and applications. An enterprise mobility policy is the program your company uses to manage these devices. Let’s take a look at the different policy options and key considerations when working with a managed mobility service (MMS) provider.
What Enterprise Mobility Policies Are the Most Popular?
Two of the most popular Enterprise Mobility Policy options include bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and company-provided-device (CPD) programs. As the names state, a BYOD program is a mobile device management program where employers reimburse employees for the business use of their personal devices. The alternative, CPD programs, are relevant for companies that provide their employees with mobile devices specific to their job requirements.
The main differences? With BYOD programs, employees are able to choose which mobile device they’d like to use and are reimbursed for the business expenses associated with the use of that device. With CPD programs, employers provide employees with devices. Employers also pay bills associated with the use of the device directly.
DON’T: Force a one-size-fits-all approach. Your ideal program might be a combination of BYOD and CPD for different employees, depending on department or personal preference.
DO: Familiarize yourself with the differences between BYOD and CPD programs and choose the fit that’s right for your organization.
Why Are Enterprise Mobility Policies Important?
Enterprise mobility policies are crucial to helping employers keep track of all of the devices used to conduct business from a security and risk mitigation standpoint. These policies prevent employees from using unmanaged devices to access corporate networks, applications and data. On top of this, they help ensure that employees who are using personal devices for business reasons are fairly, accurately and compliantly reimbursed for the business use of those devices. With changing labor laws and today’s continued shift to remote and hybrid work environments, this is critical.
DON’T: Overlook labor law regulations. Many organizations have found themselves the target of employee-led lawsuits as a result of this mistake or oversight in the past.
DO: Understand what’s legally required of each program to ensure you’re fulfilling your legal responsibilities as an employer.
Consider Working with an Outsourced Provider
While on the surface these programs seem relatively easy to grasp, managing them in-house can be incredibly challenging and expensive. There are a number of variables to consider with either program. These include bills for various phone lines and usage, and ongoing device management and IT infrastructure.
For these reasons, many organizations opt to outsource mobility programs to MMS providers. A number of organizations have realized significant cost savings through doing so. These service providers deliver a full-circle experience for customers – overseeing billing and reimbursement, end-to-end device life cycle management, IT trouble shooting and more – so that businesses can focus on their area of expertise instead of trying to navigate the complexities otherwise layered into the in-house management of these programs.
DON’T: Settle on the MMS provider that offers the highest ROI. Press them to deliver on other areas of importance, such as good service and help desk support.
DO: Talk to your MMS provider about what your company’s unique needs are so that you can select the best fit for you and your team.
How Partnering with Motus Can Help
Motus offers support for both BYOD and CPD programs. We work with multiple carriers to ensure customers have the best deal available to them if they’d like to provide devices. In addition, we help provide fair and accurate employee reimbursements for BYOD programs. Not to mention, the quality of our support team and our easy-to-use platform sets us apart from other MMS providers.
DON’T: Overspend on corporate mobile device costs. Our customers have realized a 24% reduction in mobile device costs by partnering with us.
DO: Reach out to us to learn more.