There are lots of good reasons to adopt a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach within an organisation. However, you shouldn't kid yourself that saving money will definitely be one of them.
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A survey of 271 enterprise sites carried out by Gartner reaffirms that point. When asked what benefits a BYOD scheme had bought to the organisation, the most commonly cited reason was employee satisfaction, which was a benefit for 85 per cent of organisations. Next was improved productivity (74 per cent) and enhanced access to mobile applications (62 per cent). Reduced total cost of ownership was cited by just 46 per cent.
Any up-front savings in hardware for companies too cheap to subsidise their employees are generally offset by more complex support environments and the need to develop mobile or tablet-specific apps. "A lot of companies initially think mobile is going to be a subset of current web or portal capabilities," Gartner analyst Jim Murphy said. "But often you need to provide unique services and information because people are on the move." There can definitely be benefits from that expenditure, but you have to spend the money first.
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