Bring Your Own Device - The Misconception of Costs

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BYOD - The Misconception of Cost And The Need For Policy


Table of Contents


The Misconception of Cost 4

Constructing A Policy 5

Governance 7

Devices 8

Support 9

Infrastructure 10

Software and Services 11

Telecom Charges 12

Summary 13

Works Cited 13




Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are on the rise, and initially the main thought on the minds of IT management was that by adopting a BYOD program, the savings will come from no longer having to purchase and support devices, or at least realize some savings to the company by leveraging the fact that the device cost would be absorbed by the employees. However, many companies who have implemented a BYOD program have discovered that they have not yet seen any cost savings, and in some instances, costs have actually increased. In a 2012 survey by Xigo, a provider of Telecom Expense Management, responders to the survey named cost savings as a top goal for adopting a BYOD program, however, in the same survey the actuality was that most respondents (67%) stated that their mobile costs had not changed, and nearly one-quarter of the respondents stated that they actually saw their mobile costs rise due to adopting BYOD.

On the surface, it just doesn't seem possible that by allowing your employees to use their own personally owned devices that costs wouldn't shrink, but in reality, BYOD opens a whole new realm of either new costs to the company, exposes both the company and employees to severe and costly legal implications, or promotes the thought that support costs will decrease substantially. Most of the potentially large impacts to cost can be successfully mitigated through well defined and communicated policies, through these BYOD policies, you should define expectations, legal ramifications...