BYOT (bring your own technology)

Bring your own technology (BYOT) is a policy that allows employees or students to use their own personal electronic devices at work or school.

There are several approaches to implementing a BYOT policy. Kraft Food, for instance, offers new employees a stipend to purchase their own technology for work. Other companies expect employees to be responsible for either the full cost or some portion of the cost of their devices. Some companies require employees to pay for their own voice and data service, while others reimburse employees for all or part of the charges

Regardless of how a device is procured, who actually owns it or who pays for Internet connectivity, if the device connects to a corporate or school network, an  IT department needs to secure and manage the device. This is a primary focus of what is often referred to as  IT consumerization. IT consumerization describes the impact consumer technology is having on enterprise IT departments

BYOT is also referred to as bring your own device (BYOD). More specific variations on the term include bring your own computer (BYOC), bring your own laptop (BYOL) and bring your own PC (BYOPC).   

See also: policy-based management

This was last updated in December 2011

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