Overall, there’s been two major problems with BYOD: security and increasing expenses. In most cases, we help businesses come up with a security plan to protect their network and data. BYOD introduces a whole new set of security problems that businesses have to take care of. If they’re not careful, their data may be at risk.
At the same time, businesses have to make sure BYOD provides what it’s supposed to: cost-savings. Believe it or not, we’ve seen businesses struggle to keep their BYOD-related expenses down. It’s not even because of the increase in network security, but because of their system of dispensing and managing reimbursements.
A recent Computer World article talks about BYOD and explains why so many companies have trouble keeping their monthly expenses low. According to the article, the process of BYOD reimbursements often adds extra work for businesses:
“Handling those reimbursements has been perhaps one of the most surprising expenses related to BYOD. Managing reimbursements manually, usually via individual employees submitting expense reports, can cost $15 to $20 per expense report in internal labor…. That’s primarily because BYOD reimbursements touch many different departments, from accounts payable to finance and IT — and all those hours add up to extra expense.”
So in addition to helping you with security, we can also help devise a system that keeps BYOD efficient. You’re already saving on equipment expenses, you just need to make sure that you keep other BYOD-related expenses down. A lot of this has to do with cutting out unnecessary steps in the process when employees register their devices. You need a system that’s efficient but doesn’t compromise security.
It all starts with your BYOD policy. Allowing employees to use their own phones and laptops is new, so this is your chance to develop a sound policy and incorporate it in employee training.
To talk more about this, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.