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BDO boosts workforce mobility with 3G system

Accountancy firm BDO Stoy Hayward is rolling out a £2m system to increase the mobility of its workforce and boost productivity. BDO's 2,500 partners and staff will be equipped with a range of products supplied by Orange and Research In Motion.

Employees will be allocated specific mobile devices depending on their job role and personal preference. Most BDO staff are already heavy users of laptops, working primarily from client sites, and their machines will be upgraded with 3G Mobile Office cards.

More mobile workers are likely to use Blackberry handheld devices from Research In Motion for their e-mail and other business applications, and other staff will be allocated smartphones or mobile phones.

Mark Sherfield, BDO finance partner, said 40 minutes of extra productivity per employee per month from the 3G Mobile Office cards would enable the company to break even from its investment. Just 20 minutes of extra productivity a month on the Blackberries would also allow the company to recover its outlay, said Sherfield.

Graham Knight, head of technology at BDO, 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."

So far, the firm has deployed 2,500 devices, almost half of which are 3G Mobile Office cards. The remainder consist of Blackberry devices and handsets, including Orange SPV C500 smartphones.


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