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In the press: The end of BYOD? Company mobiles are as dead as the company car

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March 11th, 2012

Is this the end of BYOD

The days when company fleets of Vauxhall Cavaliers rolled over UK roads are over. Monty Munford reports that a similar terminus is likely for the company mobile phone.

While there seems to be some way to go until the death of the car, the end of the road for the company car has been approaching for years.

Many employees have opted to take a car allowance rather than have a company car foisted upon them, an outsourcing model that empowers and gladdens employees as well as cutting the costs of maintaining expensive car fleets.

This trend is now being replicated with company mobile phones and perhaps surprisingly it is a trend that companies are actively supporting.

The report bears this out. Out of the companies that support BYOD 80% have more than 2,000 employees, 60% have more than 5,000 employees and a staggering 35% have more than 10,000 employees.

QuoStar Solutions is an IT service that supports providers to the UK SME IT market and its Managing Director, Robert Rutherford, is wary of the dangers that a BYOD model entails.

“Devices should be owned, supplied and controlled by the company. If you want to allow employees some freedom on these devices then so be it – but don’t take risks. No, we haven’t had a major security breach on major platforms such as Apple or Android – but we will,” he says.

Security alarms apart, it would still appear that BYOD heralds the end for company mobile phone, not that some equate it with the slow death of the company car.

That may be so but company cars were always more functional than prestigious and a questionable perk. At least with BYOD, it means employers can now bring their work home with them… not in the back of a fleet vehicle, but in the comfort of their own device.

By Monty Mountford. Source: telegraph.co.uk