Report: VMware saves $2 million with BYOD
Despite hidden costs in BYOD, such as the loss of volume discounts, at least one company has bucked the trend and has saved money going down this route. VMware CIO Mark Egan says his company has saved some $2 million in IT costs by leveraging the BYOD trend.
As reported on CIO.com, VMware went "all-in" on BYOD just over a year ago--in Q4 of 2011. Egan went after mobile devices first, cutting substantial costs by identifying employees who should not be eligible for company phones.
In that vein, the stipend for buying devices was also eliminated. The newly implemented reimbursement scheme was also built into the budget of each department. Employees who need repairs or support for their hardware have to take it up with the carrier or device manufacturer, Egan said.
Egan offered a few tips, such as using a collaboration tool to let employees support each other. Executive support is also crucial, he said, as is a consistent implementation across an entire organization.
So where did the two million in savings end up? "I took the $2 million in savings and invested it in IT programs that I would not otherwise have been able to do," Egan said. This included upgrades to infrastructure and the security program. You can read the original report here.
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