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Saving Money with BYOD

Brett Harney BYOD

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is not just a buzz word... it is a real, growing, bandwidth-eating presence on our client's (and your) networks.  And as I was preparing to write my blog post today, an article from Network World popped up entitled BYOD is saving serious money for IT that grabbed my attention, and made my job of writing today that much easier. Gartner analysts have been able to calculate some real numbers for BYOD, and have found the practice overall is saving companies money.  This is in sharp contrast to the belief by many that IT costs rise drastically with BYOD due to:
  • the additional bandwidth and network monitoring required
  • the added safety measures and risk mitigation (think Mobile Device Management) that have to be put into place
  • the additional help desk support costs in supporting BYOD
So how is BYOD saving IT money?  By not having to buy all the devices, of course!  But just how much is it saving companies when you consider the network performance and bandwidth implications?  Read on: ...(Gartner) found that IT departments can support nearly three times as many users in BYOD tablet programs than company-purchased tablet programs. "IT leaders can spend half a million dollars to buy and support 1,000 enterprise-owned tablets, while they can support 2,745 user-owned tablets with that same budget," said Federica Troni, research director at Gartner, in a statement. "Without a stipend, direct costs of user-owned tablets are 64% lower. When organizations have several users who want a tablet as a device of convenience, offering a BYOD option is the best alternative to limit cost and broaden access," she added. The savings almost all come from acquisition costs. For an enterprise, the cost of supporting an employee-owned iPad is the same as when the company owns the hardware. So the savings aren’t on-going, but come from the up-front purchase costs. Also, savings are achieved when the organization does not reimburse or subsidize for voice and data plans. In other words, you're now paying the bill your boss used to pay. Organizations supporting BYOD are very likely to see their infrastructure investments increase, she added, and the level of investment is directly proportional to the success and uptake rate of their programs. A recent Gartner survey found that mobile device management (MDM), general infrastructure expansion, and file share and sync were the three major technology investments needed to support BYOD, followed by desktop virtualization and isolation as organizations look for an acceptable level of security and manageability. Gartner says 90% of organizations will support some aspect of BYOD by 2017. These programs today have varying degrees of maturity, but the firm predicts that by 2018 there will be twice as many employee-owned devices used for work than enterprise-owned devices. Nonprofit organizations struggle with BYOD Nonprofits are not immune to the challenges of BYOD.  In fact, because of lower budgets, employees often have to bring their own devices in order to have the latest technology to accomplish their daily tasks.  CTG would like to give back this holiday season to a nonprofit of your choosing by offering a free network performance assessment to assure they are supporting all the components of their IT infrastructure, including BYOD, as best as possible.