After doing numerous Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and looking at the results, it is clear that everyone has the same question, does this save us money? When it comes to device management, ironically, the answer is that it actually increases your cost! The moment you sign the contract with a device management vendor you are agreeing to a per device licensing cost. You are investing to get your employees’ data on the move in the field to increase productivity.
The system admin who makes the final call might not necessarily agree that the increase in data availability is sufficient. The untold story has many mentions of support issues, having to follow up with employees for end user agreement acceptance and being questioned from skeptical employees (which is a majority) as to why they should enroll their devices!
The win-win comes when device management is combined with cloud services. For more information on cloud services take a look at another one of our blog posts.
A system admin who is able to provide disposable managed machines to employees is one that saves running costs on:
- Network infrastructure
- Device purchase
- Extended warranties
The device becomes a piece of economical hardware. Employees connect to the internal services using this hardware, which is managed by the organization and uses secure cloud services to access corporate data. The enrollment is driven based on user needs, giving system admins the opportunity to explain to users that enrollment is necessary to meet their needs – this also enables better conditional access. If something were to happen to the device, it can be wiped clean, disposed of and a new one can be provided. All software can be restored using device management and data is retrieved from the cloud along with other services.
If you put the pieces together, this is seemingly what all major vendors are working for. Let’s take Google and Microsoft for example. The introduction of Office 365, Google docs and Google Drive encourages the use of the cloud for storage. The software is offered as a service and no local installations are required. Cheap devices with low hard disk space, such as the Chromebook and Microsoft Surface are available for purchase with dedicated online storage. If a device admin were to distribute such devices with cloud services and device management, it would lead to cost savings. No more wired networks, overloaded help desks and tracking extended warranties. The user gets a disposable device and starts using it from day one. If the device is lost or damaged, it can be wiped clean and a new device can be obtained and restored in minutes! (Apologies if this description brought back daunting memories of installing software, backing up data and following up on IT requests when your replacement device needed to be setup!)
No hassle to backup data, no fear of information leakages and no overloaded helpdesks. A secure wireless network, an economical disposable managed device and data that safely resides on the cloud.
A scenario that keeps system managers, CIOs and employees satisfied, reducing costs and minimizing headaches.