“Bring Your Own Technology” (BYOT) is also known as “Bring Your Own Phone” (BYOP) or “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD). These terms refer to the rising phenomenon where employees of enterprise IT companies choose and purchase their own mobile devices to use in the workplace. Generally, the technological devices that employees choose are tablets and smartphones. As such devices become more and more common in everyday life, employees expect to be able to have a personalized device in the workplace rather than a uniform set of devices that the company chooses and purchases.

While BYOT began with executives in the business world, mobile devices have risen quickly in popularity and are now used in the workplace by employees at all levels. Because of this, executives and employees alike have raised the demand for accessibility to corporate data and applications on their personal mobile devices. This has led to the outgrowth of enterprise mobile management (EMM), or the technology, processes, and people that are dedicated to the management of this wide range of mobile devices that utilize various networks and operating systems.

Although BYOT will theoretically reduce corporate IT expenses and lead to greater productivity amongst employees, it does come with some downfalls. BYOT makes it more difficult for IT departments to ensure that data remains secure and to manage compliance and potential malware. However, BYOT has led to new policies and software that work to create viable solutions to these problems, such as MDM, MAM, and MCM. These enable greater uniformity in corporate data and applications across the many devices that employees use.