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BYOD is often assumed to offer cost savings to organizations that implement it. After all, conventional wisdom suggests, you’re not paying for smartphones, tablets, and other devices. In most organizations, however, that’s not how things work out. BYOD often ends up increasing costs rather than cutting them.
There are a number of different factors that drive up the cost and some of them are very obvious and easy to spot. The cost of licensing and setting up mobile management tools is pretty obvious. Added calls to the helpdesk involving a wide swath of mobile technologies isn’t quite so obvious. Monitoring and managing network devices for BYOD related issues like security and network load may not even occur to some executives as a cost issue worthy of concern.