The Bygone Days of BYOD Require a Smarter Approach to Mobile Device Management 


If left to employees bringing their own devices to work, businesses may be losing more than they’re saving in terms of money and time, while also sacrificing security and innovation. What initially seemed like a smart, cost-saving idea, Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policies have evolved to become sprawling management challenges for IT administrators that have never been more complex. With the walls of the hybrid workplace expanding, simpler, smarter means are needed to move and protect corporate data among business applications across clouds to employee devices. 

The increasing requirements of today’s work-from-anywhere workforce are far greater than the cost-savings benefits associated with BYOD hardware savings. It’s difficult to manage devices that you don’t own. While companies may require employees to partition their personal applications from corporate ones, it doesn’t happen consistently with certainty. Mixing and mingling corporate and personal apps may have bridged the gap during the pandemic, but we’ve moved to a new transformational tipping point and once again modern times call for different measures. 

With mobile becoming the definitive platform for business innovation, a new Nemertes white paper discusses the pull-back of BYOD due to the lack of anticipated cost savings and the need for smarter control of a corporate mobile fleet. While the reverse trend to bring devices back in-house appears to be an easy fix, it’s no longer enough to simply own and distribute corporate devices to the workforce with standard security and help desk support. A modern approach applies AI and automation to enable actionable insights and smarter expense and asset management. 

As a leader in Managed Mobility Solutions (MMS), Tangoe manages more than 14 million devices globally and $15 billion in expenses. These are big numbers supported by an intelligent workforce, comprising over 300 bots combing and crunching exponential data in real-time to inform smarter decision-making. We’re proud of the money we’re saving clients such as Rich Products, one of the world’s largest family-owned food manufacturers and a leading global supplier to the food service, in- store bakery, retail, and industrial marketplaces. Through a proactive partnership with Tangoe, Rich Products has been able to save 16% while advancing its business processes for greater efficiency and security. 

Automation goes beyond the dollars and cents saved on invoices, although by centralizing a company’s mobility data, it makes it easier to impact decisions like switching carriers, enabling new devices, and disconnecting zero-usage lines. This is intelligence that can’t be compiled across employee-owned devices because the data doesn’t exist in a centralized system. With MMS, IT administrators have this data at their fingertips, using software in their native language. 

While many companies have come to rely on BYOD policies in the past, now is the time to reassess your mobile strategy and take stock of your devices, applications, and business processes. You are likely leaving money on the table in terms of dollars and cents, and resources. In fact, for one Fortune 50 global company, it used to take 11 employees up to four weeks to get a new program up and running with different languages and currencies; now it takes less than two hours. 

Contact us to learn how Tangoe can help you mobilize your digital transformation with greater efficiency, security, and smarts.