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Does BYOD Cost Too Much?

Tom Kaneshige | Feb. 21, 2013
It's a good bet you don't know how much your company is spending on all those "Bring Your Own Device" smartphones and tablets. Even worse, it's probably too much, says a mobility management expert.

I think that there's a lot of ebb and flow.

There's a report we provide to companies that show you how much spend you have in employee-paid mobility and company-paid mobility, side by side. Companies can watch that spend move from bucket to bucket every month.

We're trying to provide an arena where people can see how this spend happens, how it behaves. We think that once this visibility is available in the marketplace, [companies] are going to come back and say, yeah, we should pay for voice and data but not some of these other things.

I do believe that BYOD as a trend and as a consuming topic between finance and IT is here to stay. Right now, I can't say that I see it slowing down. We do watch companies try it one way that may not work, so they approach it from another direction. We run into more companies that say, we tried BYOD and are going to make a little modification.

When we say BYOD, there are about 30 to 40 definitions. There's a wide variety of scenarios. We monitor 21 verticals and don't see a consistent implementation. It's something we'll be continually watching normalize for quite some time.


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