Adopting enterprise BYOD: How to cut costs

By Karin Kelley

Workers are becoming more demanding about which devices they can use and where they can log in to the network. At first, enterprises were wary about letting workers use their own devices, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops, because they were concerned about the security of sensitive corporate data residing on devices that are likely to be lost or stolen. However, with many new technologies that can help organizations enable and manage a secure bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program, C-level executives are warming up to the idea of enterprise BYOD. The top reason for this change of heart is the cost savings that enterprise BYOD can bring to the table.

Reduced capital expenditure on devices

Under a BYOD strategy, workers are responsible for procuring their own devices, and, often, for paying the service provider for access fees, as Network World notes. As such, with enterprise BYOD, companies can repurpose the money allocated to these hardware costs to managing applications and data from a central location. In this regard, centralization is very important. The very nature of a distributed BYOD environment depends upon delivering applications and desktops from a virtualized and consolidated data center, which means that enterprises can also reduce capital expenditure on the infrastructure required to support critical business applications.

Enabling a productive, happy workforce

Today’s workforce is more technically savvy than that of past years. After all, most workers already own powerful smart devices that they are accustomed to using for work, personal business and pleasure. By allowing employees to work from the devices with which they are already familiar, businesses can cut down on training and help desk support costs. Furthermore, these workers will be more productive because they won’t have to struggle to gain access to business-critical applications or learn how to navigate an unfamiliar device.

Automated management and OpEX savings

Enterprises can also reduce operational expenditure through centralized mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM) and virtual mobile infrastructure (VMI) platforms. Though companies have to spend money on these platforms initially, the provided automation and management features will make it easier and more cost-effective to detect, prevent and mitigate any issues that may occur.

From a central location, IT administrators can manage these complex and distributed environments, wipe any compromised devices remotely and ensure that critical corporate data resides in a secure data center, as opposed to on the device itself. Although many organizations were once reluctant to adopt enterprise BYOD programs, the fact of the matter is that employees are demanding to be able to use their own personal devices from remote locations.

BYOD is here to stay. If policies are properly outlined and enforced, enterprises can save a lot of money by embracing the new computing paradigm. To learn more about how enterprise BYOD can cut costs, register for IBM InterConnect 2016 and attend a breakout session by Chris Isbrecht, IBM’s director of product management for mobile device management.

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Karin Kelley

Independent Analyst & Writer

Karin is an independent industry analyst and writer, with over 10 years experience in information technology. She focuses on cloud infrastructure, hosted applications and services, end user computing and related systems management software and services. She spent nearly eight years…

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