Top five accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward is rolling out a £2m mobile data system to mobilise its workforce and increase productivity.
BDO Stoy Hayward’s 2,500 partners and staff will be equipped with a range of mobile solutions supplied by mobile operator Orange.
Employees will be allocated specific mobile devices depending on their job role and personal preference.
Most BDO Stoy Hayward staff are already heavy laptop users, working primarily from client sites, and will therefore be given 3G Mobile Office Cards.
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More mobile workers are likely to use the BlackBerry e-mail access device from RIM to get their messages and use other business applications, while other staff will be allocated smart handheld phones or mobile phones.
So far, 2,500 devices have been deployed, with almost half being 3G Mobile Office Cards. The remainder include BlackBerry devices and mobile handsets, including Orange SPV C500 smart phones.
Graham Knight, head of technology at BDO Stoy Hayward, said, “Our employees spend a significant amount of time at client sites, which usually means they cannot access our corporate network. They want the option to improve their productivity by utilising every minute in the working day – on client sites, while travelling and between meetings.”
Mark Sherfield, BDO Stoy Hayward finance partner, said 40 minutes of extra productivity per employee per month from the 3G laptop cards would enable the company to break even from its investment. Just 20 minutes a month on the BlackBerries would also allow the firm to recover its outlay, said Sherfield.