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The Top Eight Best Practices for Starting or Extending a BYO Program

Published: 17 June 2015

ID: G00278449

Analyst(s): Leslie Fiering, Bryan Taylor


Many organizations are just starting their first BYO deployment, while others seek to formalize or extend existing programs. In all cases, IT leaders and end-user computing managers must define clear goals, understand cost implications and architect appropriate infrastructure to support BYO.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identify the Goals, Expected Benefits and Scope Before Embarking on a BYO Program
  • Apply the Same Level of Planning and Impact Assessment to a BYO Implementation as You Would to Any IT Project Rollout
  • Allow Users to Make the Trade-off Between Having Device Choice Versus a High Level of IT Support
  • Use Policy to Define and Document What Is and Isn't Allowed Within a BYO Program
  • Use Caution in Calculating Potential Savings (Identify Hidden Costs in Calculating Potential Savings)
  • Isolate, Protect and Manage Organization Digital Assets While Respecting User Privacy
  • Ensure That Enterprise Wireless Network Capacity and Network Access Controls Will Be Sufficient to Handle the Full Range of Anticipated Traffic Generated by BYO
  • Plan for Software Licensing Impacts

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