Well-run organizations, and the talented leaders who run them, can easily differentiate between an investment in their business and an unnecessary expense. They know the value of a well trained staff member, desire low staff turnover, hire specialists when they need to, and try to avoid micromanagement and its pitfalls where they can. Unfortunately, there is one area where even the best business minded professionals can become “penny wise and pound foolish”– and that’s IT.
Mobile Security - Your Biggest Risk
Are your employees connecting their mobile devices to your network on the sly? Can you tell?
You may think you have a handle on BYOD but employee behavior might tell another story. Rather than going through IT to properly integrate personal devices into the corporate network, and follow corporate mobile policies, many employees will simply sneak their own devices in.
Has T-Mobile solved the international roaming problem once and for all?
A lost - or stolen - iPhone is almost every iPhone owner’s worst nightmare. With the release of iOS 7, Apple has baked in some features designed to prevent iPhone theft, or at least make it much less lucrative. While this is a great feature for the end user’s piece of mind, it could be a new nightmare for the enterprise.
Next week, your CEO walks in with a brand new iPhone 5S, hands it to the IT team along with his old BlackBerry, and says “I need this to work with my email.” After the CEO’s device is up and running, word gets out and migrating to a new device standard is inevitable.
Or perhaps this: The future looks uncertain for the mobile device platform your company has relied on for years. A decision has been handed down to move to a new platform – and issue everyone a new smartphone.
Already thinking of migrating?
Is rapidly evolving technology and flux in the marketplace driving your enterprise to consider migrating users to a new device platform? Then it’s probably no surprise to you that the process, while necessary, is complex and costly.
New mobile device management platforms need to be sourced, purchased and implemented. Then there’s training, support, the cost of the hardware – add in kitting, provisioning, and coordinating what to do with everyone’s old devices.
What you might not know...
Careful planning, good project management and working with an experienced partner are the best-known strategies for ensuring the success of any project, but mobile device migrations have some specific factors to take into consideration.
Read on to learn four key migration strategies you might not have considered!
Recently our allocations experts uncovered an interesting statistic: organizations spend thousands of dollars in SMS messaging every year – and about a fifth of the costs come from overages.
You can trim that spending through plan and feature optimization and contract negotiations, but the cost can’t always be eliminated entirely; sending and receiving SMS has proven essential to the enterprise (anyone who begs to differ may want to consider the productivity impact of, say, flight status updates).
Meanwhile, another option has emerged that promises unlimited messaging at no cost. Millions of smartphone users have embraced messaging apps like WhatsApp, Kik and Apple’s iMessage as a free alternative to SMS messaging. In the past year WhatsApp alone was used to send and receive more messages than all the mobile operators in the US combined.
Free messaging apps are clearly one of the hottest mobile trends of the moment. For the enterprise, this means using one little app could eliminate an average of $5.77 in spending per user, per month. That’s almost $70,000 a year for enterprises with 1000 smartphone users. But could this idea - saving on SMS messaging in the enterprise by switching to an app - be to good to be true?
If you’ve read part 1, Unlock hidden savings with pooled data plans, then you’re undoubtedly aware that switching to pooled data plans can save your enterprise hundreds of thousands of dollars – and that’s not even counting what you’ll avoid in overage charges.
But could the switch be more hassle than it’s worth? Could you even end up paying more by moving to the new plans?
There’s a lot of talk about BYOD in the world of enterprise mobility: will Bring Your Own Device initiatives cut costs; does BYOD expose the enterprise to undue risk; how can the enterprise make BYOD work. There’s not necessarily a right or wrong answer, because BYOD can mean different things to different enterprises.
If your business isn’t taking advantage of carriers’ new pooled data plans, you’re missing out on substantial savings.
The plans, launched by AT&T and Verizon earlier this year, and Sprint more recently, function similarly to pooled voice plans.
Each line on an account is given an allowance of data, and any portion of the allowance that remains unused at the end of the bill cycle is redistributed among the “pool” of lines. The total data usage for the account tends to average out, and as a result, overage charges for data are reduced, or totally eliminated.
Though it might seem that only enterprises with heavy data users and regular data overages stand to benefit from pooled data plans, there are additional hidden savings built into these pooled plans.
Here’s how to tell if your enterprise can unlock these savings: