Organizations Falling Short on BYOD Savings

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 05-23-2013
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Organizations Falling Short on BYOD Savings

Running up the Tab  Mobile BYODers spend $965 on their devices, and use an average of 1.7 personal devices for work.

Organizations aren't simply allowing bring your own device (BYOD) adoption on the part of their employee/users—they're embracing it. Why not, given how much they can save with respect to equipment/operating expenses while increasing worker productivity? However, many are still in the developmental stages when it comes to coming up with thorough, unified policies and procedures to take full advantage of BYOD, according to a recent survey from Cisco. There's no doubt that the trend is growing. In the U.S., the number of BYOD devices will grow from 71 million today to 108 million by 2016, Cisco reports. (And China will have 166 million devices by then.) But the report distinguishes companies that are "basic BYOD" from those that are "comprehensive BYOD." The former translates to an incomplete patchwork of capabilities and policies, and the latter refers to a more comprehensive, strategic approach. In the end, a comprehensive strategy makes a big difference in the budget. For starters, it's much less expensive to put BYOD users on a corporate-brokered mobility subscription plan, as opposed to having them get compensated for individual accounts. Nearly 4,900 global business leaders and IT decision makers—as well as more than 2,400 mobile users—took part in the research.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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