The BYOD trend for workers and students to use their own devices to complete tasks has gotten a lot of attention in the past few years, but another strategy is becoming more prevalent in 2014: COPE (corporately owned, personally enabled) devices. This is where companies offer a select set of devices that employees can use. There are positives and negatives to each strategy; however, it's up to each individual company to decide what works best. The risk of company data being stolen or lost is what Tim Williams, director for product management, Absolute Software, sees as the biggest negative of BYOD. BYOD is less costly than COPE for businesses because they can have a hands-off approach, according to Josh Lambert, product manager, Fiberlink. But with that in mind, Lambert cautions that well-supported devices are important for productivity. If users have a device that can't access some of a company's essential applications, they won't be able to participate in BYOD. COPE ensures that employees get devices that work well.
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