I was reading a post from one of the security experts at HP titled: Top 5 Enterprise Security Challenges with “Bring Your Own Device.” When it comes to allowing employees to use their own devices at work, there are some real support, data control and security issues, but the blog post made me wonder: Are there 5 top reasons CIOs should encourage a “bring your own device” policy?

This top 5 list would need to be divided into 2 categories: ‘what’s in it for the company’ and ‘what’s in it for the individual’

What’s in it for the company if they allow a BYOD policy?

1) Cost control – A flat, usage rate must be determined based on job function. If someone requires more than the allotted time, it is a personal decision on their part and they will be responsible for the overage charges. The warranty/repair costs will also need to be controlled and there can be no more “accidental” upgrades.

2) Morale – Most organizations are already supporting BYOD in one way or another, so why not implement an official policy and include BYOD as a perk for employees. A recent survey found that employee satisfaction was the greatest benefit for a bring your own device to work policy.

What’s in it for the individual if they are allowed to bring their own devices to work?

3) Productivity improvement – If employees are allowed to use a device that they want to use and are familiar and comfortable with, it stands to reason that they will be more productive.

4) Freedom – Most employees know which devices they really need to be productive, right? Personally, I love the function and format of the HP 2760p, especially when I’m traveling via a plane, and I can’t wait to see how it handles Windows 8. If employees want to use both a cell phone with a data plan and a laptop with wifi together, that’s a choice they can make.

5) Flexibility – With today’s more mobile workforce, giving employees access to the information they need wherever they happen to be working that day is not only becoming an expectation, it’s a necessity for business success.

While the benefits of a bring your own device policy are numerous, there are still a number of downsides for the individual employee as it relates to being their own IT department, such as spending a great deal of personal time at Best Buy. But for many employees, those issues are minor and for others, they may just want to opt for the standard device.

I think when the hardware begins to understand the need for this dual personality operation and provides a few hooks to enable better support, this BYOD tidal shift will turn into a tidal wave.

Does your organization allow BYOD? If so, what benefits and/or pitfalls do you see with this policy as it relates to IT?