The BYOD ("bring-your-own-device") trend of recent years has presented numerous security and deployment issues for IT security departments. COPE ("corporate owned, personally enabled") aims to bridge the gap in these areas, without imposing too many restrictions on the employee. For businesses employing large teams of field based staff, a COPE strategy can be deployed very efficiently using TEK Express's mobile device management solution.

Early adopters of BYOD policies identified potentially huge cost savings in terms of upfront capital expense. However, some of these organisations may not have been prepared for the significant increase in costs in terms of supporting the multitude of devices chosen by their employees. Added to that is the problem of all the personal applications and software used on these devices and the reticence on the part of the employee for these devices to be managed using MDM (mobile device management) software.

The new emerging trend of COPE, or "corporate owned, personally enabled" mobility strategies, places some control back to the employer, without infringing on the employees' desire to choose their own device and use it for personal as well as work functions. For businesses employing large teams of field based staff, a COPE mobility strategy is an attractive proposition. It enables the employer to remotely wipe corporate data, in full compliance with international laws, in the event of the loss or theft of company property whilst used in the field. Simultaneously, it allows the employee freedom to use their favourite apps, software and communication tools separate to the work functions of the device.

BYOD vs COPE

If you are in the process of reviewing your mobility strategy, you may have considered whether your existing BYOD policy should be replaced by COPE. For businesses employing staff in the field, BYOD presents various benefits for the enterprise including:

  • Reduced capital expenditure
  • Happier, more productive employees
  • Minimal costs in terms of repairs and device replacement

However, BYOD also presents numerous challenges including:

  • Security and compliance issues
  • Potentially huge administration of devices, apps, software and services
  • Technical difficulties and resistance to implementing MDM software on devices

Alternatively, COPE presents several advantages for the employer, including:

  • Full control over all devices used in the field
  • Better security and full compliance, essential for businesses in heavily regulated industries
  • Retention of employee productivity through choice of device and separation of work and personal functions

The challenges for introducing COPE include:

  • Employees continuing to use personal devices to access corporate data
  • Employees feeling that the element of choice is illusory
  • The reintroduction of capital expenditure to the IT budget

Implementing a COPE strategy

Implemented well and communicated clearly and cooperatively with your employees, a COPE mobility policy has the potential to improve the productivity of your field based staff whilst reducing the amount of time spent on securing and managing BYOD devices. At TEK Express, our mobile device management software is ideally suited to businesses looking to reformulate their mobility policies. As a specialist MDM company, we help our clients to cut IT costs, reduce downtime and increase staff efficiency through comprehensive hardware asset management combined with full support for devices used in the field.

Find out more

Find out how TEK Express can help you to transition to a COPE mobility strategy in 2015. Contact our business development team now on 01293 7100 20.