Mobility Management Trends: The Rise of Bring Your Own Device
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Mobility Management Trends: The Rise of Bring Your Own Device

Headshot of a woman By Jennifer Warren December 15, 2021

Categories: Bring Your Own Mobile Workforce

Companies can implement mobility policy in seemingly endless ways. That policy has a wide organizational impact, making it vital to pick the right policy and manage it appropriately. How have companies approached mobility management in the last year? What do they mean to your company? In our WorkAnywhere Benchmark Report we gathered insights from hundreds of companies across multiple industries. On the subject of mobility management trends, here are three findings. 

1). BYOD accounts for 56% of devices in the workplace. 

What does that mean? 

Bring-your-own-device programs are on the rise. Companies are embracing the program for a number of reasons. The biggest motivator is the lack of overhead. Companies looking for opportunities to control costs jump at the chance to avoid pouring money into a corporate-provided-device (CPD) program. Concerns over security can be handled with the right mobility management. Unified endpoint management plays a large role in making even personally owned devices secure. 

Keep in mind, some companies aren’t using BYOD as an alternative, but as a supplement. Phones are essential in many positions. There may be a group of employees, or a department, that the company sets up with a CPD program. They may be looking to expand their mobility program to more employees without a huge expense increase. With the right managed mobility services provider, companies can implement both a CPD and a BYOD program.  

2). In the average company-provided device program, 13% of devices are never used. 

What does that mean? 

One large expense with device programs is idle assets. The average price of a smartphone to enterprises is around $600 today. Companies managing their CPD program in-house will have replacements on hand. These assets often do little more for the company than gather dust. When the company does get around to replacing their devices, the value of these assets won’t be mobile near its original price. 

Companies can avoid this issue in two ways. One of them is the BYOD program we covered above. Reimbursing employee devices removes the responsibility of repair from the employer. Another mobility management trend is outsourcing. There are many reasons a company should use a managed mobility services provider. Their ability to manage asset replacement and repair is a considerable improvement on the waste of idle assets. What’s more, the right mms provider will handle end-to-end life cycle management. That means ensuring devices are ready for employees when they arrive and they’re wiped of sensitive corporate information when they’re recycled.  

3). The average corporate-provided device costs range from $48 – $60 per month. 

What does that mean? 

That depends on the way your company operates. To some companies, this may be right on the money. To others, the average may be eye opening. Multiply that cost range by those in your mobile workforce who require a device. Maybe that’s a figure you’d like to see adjustment on.  

Now consider that figure when compared with BYOD standards. The average reimbursement for BYOD programs is $44 per month. That cost savings could be mobile from $48 to $192 per user per year. Company priorities will determine how good that cost control opportunity looks. 

More Mobility Management Trends 

When it comes to mobility management, companies have a wealth of choices. Determining the best choice for the business can be a challenge. It’s another reason why staying on top of the trends is so important. In this post we outlined how BYOD is one of the rising mobility management trends pulled from our 2021 WorkAnywhere Report, but there are plenty more to dig into! You can find the report here. 

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