BYOD tablets cheaper than corporate-owned devices, says Gartner

Firms benefit more from bring-your-own-device (BYOD) than corporately-owned-personally-enabled (Cope) policies

Enterprises benefit more from bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies for employee tablets than to deploy enterprise-owned smartphones and laptops, said Gartner.

At a recent Gartner Symposium/ITxpo the analyst firm predicted the cost of a BYOD strategy is nearly half that of implementing a corporately owned, personally enabled (Cope) scheme – but only if the organisation passes some or all of the running costs to the employee.

“IT leaders can spend half a million dollars to buy and support 1,000 enterprise-owned tablets, while they can support 2,745 user-owned tablets with the same budget,” said Federica Troni, research director at Gartner.

“Without a stipend, direct costs of user-owned tablets are 64% lower. When organisations have several users who want a tablet as a device of convenience, offering a BYOD option is the best alternative to limit cost and broaden access.”

Gartner predicted that, by 2018, there will be double the amount of employee-owned devices used for work than corporate-issued devices.

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Tablet adoption

But enterprises will only save money using these methods if firms do not reimburse employees for voice and data plans, or if subsidies are set at a low level.

Tablet adoption has been growing over the last year, with tablet ownership in the UK increasing by 20% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2014.

Enterprises have also seen an increase in tablets. Earlier this year, Dell found at least 90% of IT decision-makers in most countries claim tablets are a standard part of their company’s IT strategy.

Gartner said 90% of organisations will support some form of BYOD plan in the year 2017.

However, a recent survey by Ovum and Dimension Data found over 60% of organisations are unable to adopt a BYOD policy due to business risk and compliance rules.

“A balanced mix of enterprise-owned and user-owned devices with different levels of stipends will be the most effective way of capitalising on the benefits of BYOD programmes, both in cost reduction and in the level of access to mobile technology,” said Troni.

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