CIOs View BYOD As a Cost Saving Initiative


A variety of mobile devices have taken root in the enterprise. Android phones and tablets, iPads and iPhones have become increasingly popular, and the public's desire for these devices has propelled the consumerization of IT.

For IT, employee passion to use personal devices and an overall desire by companies to reduce costs, are rendering the traditional model of supporting only company‐owned devices increasingly obsolete. As Good’s survey results show, enterprises are widely embracing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs, including the most highly‐regulated and security‐conscious industries.

A new study from Good Technology quantifies some of the advantages of BYOD in the enterprise. As CIOs continue to embrace BYOD within their organizations, new doors are opened for cutting costs and increasing overall efficiency.


Here are some key findings from the survey:

1. Highly Regulated Industries Embrace BYOD: Large companies from the Finance/Insurance and Healthcare industries dominate the overall BYOD picture, with Retail/Wholesale and Government less likely to support BYOD, at least right now.

2. Big Companies Get BYOD: 80 percent of those supporting BYOD have over 2,000 employees; 60 percent have over 5,000 employees; and 35 percent have over 10,000 employees.

3. Employees Are Willing to Pay for Personal Choice: 50 percent of companies with BYOD models are requiring employees to cover all costs – and they are happy to do so; 45 percent provide their employees with a stipend or “expense back” option to help subsidize the cost of their mobile device or service plan.

4 Offering BYOD Stipend Increases Adoption: Companies that offer BYOD stipends have the highest rate of employees using mobile devices when compared to companies that require employees cover all BYOD costs themselves, or allow for expense‐back of service plan costs, but limit to users with management pre‐approval.

5 BYOD Goes Global: Many believe that BYOD “doesn’t work” outside U.S. due to international privacy laws and/or greater exposure to highly variable roaming costs.  Our data clearly shows otherwise – with nearly half (44.9 percent) of respondents indicating they are already deploying BYOD programs in multiple countries.  

Among the October 2012 survey respondents, 72 percent were already formally supporting BYOD programs. This was significantly higher than the 60 percent level of support indicated in Good’s January 2011 survey. This increase in BYOD support can be attributed to formal deployments of those organization who indicated “plans to support in the next 6‐12 months” in the initial survey. 

Only 9 percent were not planning to support BYOD, with companies from the Government and Wholesale/Retail sectors being the most likely to fall into this minority category. The most common reasons cited for not supporting were either HR/legal policy or security concerns. 

For CIOs, no matter what their specific objectives and approach to BYOD may be, it’s clear that enterprises must take a proactive approach if they are to compete effectively with their peer companies, maximize the productivity of their employees, and ensure ongoing security and compliance in an ever‐increasingly mobile and BYOD world.

A full copy of the report is available here.


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