The bring your own device (BYOD) stratagem certainly did not lose many proponents during Covid. Between having to support an entire workforce from home and the explosion of the gig economy, it made great sense.
But now, current economic conditions are placing new pressures on enterprises to reduce costs. And growing cyber threats make it all the more important to have some control over devices that freely access corporate systems and services.
The issues are especially pronounced with mobile BYOD devices. Supporting users can get wildly out of hand, given the number of devices available. IT staff have to be experts on multiple platforms (Android, Apple, Microsoft, etc.). And even within one platform, users typically have newer and older devices, all with different hardware, OSes, and versions of different apps.
A shift in thinking
Given the issues of supporting devices used by mobile workers and the need to reduce costs, many organizations are opting for a different approach. Rather than use common consumer products (smartphones, tablets, etc.) that were designed for a variety of use cases, some have opted to develop a custom, purpose-built solution intended to solve their exact challenges. A purpose-built device incorporates enterprise-grade hardware, software, and design