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Create a Practical BYOE Action Plan

Now, it's personal. Prepare for the world of Bring Your Own Everything.


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  • 200+ anonymous Info-Tech clients who completed a survey and provided quotes
  • One anonymous IT manager who provided information for a case study
  • Steve Groves, CIO of GoodLife Fitness

Your Challenge

  • The Bring Your Own (BYO) revolution is affecting every aspect of IT. Personal devices, applications, networks, and identities are encroaching on what used to be IT’s territory.
  • There are risks to endorsing Bring Your Own Everything (BYOE), but doing nothing is even worse.
  • Most organizations do not have a process for mitigating risks, and they are also not capitalizing on all the benefits that BYOE can bring.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • It’s not about devices any more. Most organizations have embraced BYOD, but there are opportunities to be found in BYOA, BYON, and beyond.
  • BYOE is important today, but it will be crucial as the power, prevalence, and variety of personally-owned technology increases.

Impact and Result

  • A carefully crafted BYOE action plan will not only reap today’s BYO benefits, but also prepare your organization for a future of incorporating even more personal technology.
  • Come out of this blueprint with a plan that incorporates all the major categories of personal technology, as well as the top BYO issues: costs, security, infrastructure, use cases, and support.

Research & Tools

1. Create a practical BYOE action plan

Reap the benefits of BYO while avoiding the top risks.

2. Estimate the current inventory of BYO technologies

Evaluate current state and look for areas to improve.

3. Set goals, compare them to the current state, and identify action steps that make up the BYOE action plan

Create a BYOE action plan to communicate to key stakeholders.

4. Summarize the BYOE action plan and monitor success

Keep a record of the plan, to be updated regularly, and sell the action plan to others to gain the resources needed to implement it.

Guided Implementations

This guided implementation is a two call advisory process.

Call #1 - Fast track GI: Inventory your current state, assess your BYOE readiness, and set forward-looking BYOE goals
  • Determine your current state of BYO and readiness for proceeding with a formal BYOE plan of action based on our view of the current state of BYOE.
  • Review the top goals and considerations across all major BYO categories.
Call #2 - Finalize your BYOE action plan
  • Determine technology requirements and implementation best practices based on your BYOE goals.
  • Communicate changes to end users and stakeholders by filling out the BYOE Strategy Document.

Onsite Workshop

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Onsite workshops offer an easy way to accelerate your project. If you are unable to do the project yourself, and a Guided Implementation isn't enough, we offer low-cost onsite delivery of our project workshops. We take you through every phase of your project and ensure that you have a roadmap in place to complete your project successfully.

Module 1: Assess the Current BYO State

The Purpose

  • Document the current inventory of personal technology in your organization.
  • Summarize the current BYO policies and strategies.
  • Look for areas that can be improved.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • An understanding of what you know about your current BYO state—and what you don’t.
  • A summary of your current state in order to begin improving upon it.




Review the first two sections of the storyboard.


Collect inventory of BYOE technology and policies.

  • A summary of your organization’s current BYOE state.

Fill in the BYO Inventory Estimator Tool.

  • A filled-in BYO Inventory Estimator Tool that can be refined over time.

Module 2: Set Forward-Looking BYOE Goals and Develop an Action Plan

The Purpose

  • Set forward-looking BYOE goals.
  • Compare goals to your current state and turn them into an action plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A set of forward-looking goals that will capitalize on the benefits of BYOE today and prepare for an increasingly BYO future.




Review the third section of the storyboard.


Fill in the BYOE Goal Analysis Tool, considering the top goals and considerations across all major BYO categories.

  • A preliminary completion of the BYOE Goal Analysis Tool, to be refined over time.

Turn goals into practical action steps.

  • A prioritized list of BYOE action steps based on your goals.

Module 3: Implement Your Action Steps and Monitor Success

The Purpose

  • Implement your BYOE action plan.
  • Determine costs and benefits.
  • Develop BYOE policies.
  • Summarize your plan.

Key Benefits Achieved

  • A practical BYOE action plan, summarized in an easily communicated strategy document.




Review the fourth section of the storyboard.


Complete BYOE cost/benefit templates.


Complete rough drafts of BYOE policies.


Summarize progress in a BYOE strategy document.

  • A BYOE action plan, summarized in a strategy document, to be finalized then communicated to key stakeholders.

Search Code: 73703
Published: November 8, 2013
Last Revised: November 8, 2013