Here are four of the most common ways organizations fumble their mobile deployments, and what you can do to prevent them.\u00a0\nWhat About BYOD? The first common mistake is doing nothing about\u00a0BYOD. Waiting until you figure everything out sounds good on paper, but in reality it\u2019s an invitation for chaos. You need to look at all the facts you have and then get a basic\u00a0management solution\u00a0that will handle your needs\u00a0today.\u00a0According to a Gartner study\u00a050% of users engaged in BYOD have done so without their company noticing\u2014or, in other words, in violation of the rules. Each of those devices is a hole in your\u00a0security\u00a0and brings with it all sorts of compatibility issues. You can either manage the use of mobile devices or manage the problems that come from not having managed them.\nWhich End Is Up? Another common misstep is thinking BYOD can be handled in a top-down manner. BYOD isn\u2019t your father\u2019s IT. You need to get user input onmanagement tools and policies. It is essential to remember that people are bringing\u00a0their own\u00a0mobile devices. Because of this you must include representatives from any group that will be using the devices. Not doing so cuts you off from crucial input and insights. As Gartner puts it, "IT departments that make technology selections without user involvement have suffered conflicts since the arrival of the first computer."\nThe Last Word A lot of us are also guilty of having too many policies\u2014which is often worse than no policy at all. This is what Gartner says, "As in many other markets, less is often more. If the IT department can master an effective review process for role- and task-based management requirements, then the set of necessary policies can be streamlined." Develop and use an IT review process to save you time and money by making it possible to have one rule instead of two, three, or more.\nGoing IT Alone Finally, don\u2019t be a hero by assuming you can handle all of it yourself\u2014ask for help. Deployment and management of mobile devices is a lot to manage alone. All the planning, transition, and ongoing supervisory issues can be a huge distraction from other essential activities. They require a lot of time and familiarity with the large number of must-do processes.\u00a0 This is one of the classic \u201cDon\u2019t reinvent the wheel\u201d situations. There are all sorts of easier ways to do things that only an expert is going to know about.