The Hidden Costs of BYOD
Spending Money to Save Money?
If companies calculate BYOD cost savings based on how much they reimburse employees each month for wireless service plans as compared with the mobile device management (MDM) cost for corporate-owned and managed devices, the difference between these amounts may look like savings in favor of BYOD. But there are costs and considerations involved in the reimbursement process:
When companies own the mobile devices that employees use for work, as opposed to allowing BYOD, they can buy services in bulk from a single carrier. This allows for better bargaining leverage and higher discounts than what consumers pay for individual plans.
Minding the Store (and the Security)
There are security and management issues to weigh, too. When enterprises buy mobile devices for employees, they select the platform based on what they are comfortable supporting. They can also automate device deployment and management in a scalable way. And because they purchase devices in bulk, they receive a volume-discount rate. With BYOD, on the other hand:
With corporate-owned and -managed devices, it’s easier to control and track app use. Deprovisioning devices when employees leave the company is also quicker and easier.
Finding the Right Balance
The bottom line: BYOD isn’t the only game in town. Other models offer choice, such as corporate-owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices, meaning that companies provide employees with mobile devices for work and personal use. There is also a related choose-your-own-device (CYOD) policy, which gives employees a wider range of corporate-approved devices to pick from.
Depending on your needs, you can apply one or more of these models. If you’re not sure which options are right for your enterprise, a good mobility services partner can help assess your current needs and costs or supply helpdesk support, device configuration and deployment, MDM, and so on.
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