IT managers 'worried about cost of BYOD'

Wednesday 6 February 2013

IT managers are becoming increasingly concerned about rising mobile data costs, a new survey has revealed.

In iPass and MobileIron's 2013 Mobile Enterprise Report, it was revealed that IT departments are worried about rising mobility costs resulting from the trend for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD).

The majority of survey respondents (57 per cent) were of the opinion that their mobile data roaming costs would rise in 2013. What's more, eight per cent believe they will increase by more than 25 per cent.

Onboarding and then supporting an increasing number of personal devices were by far the two top sources of frustration for IT departments, with these concerns ranking ahead of even security worries.

What's more, it appears that IT is increasingly losing control of mobility budgets as departments take more responsibility for their own budgets. Indeed, 40 per cent of companies' mobility budgets are now managed by non-IT departments.

Barbara Nelson, chief technology officer at iPass, commented: "IT is charged with implementing solutions to boost employee productivity, and BYOD does that.

"But as more personal mobile devices with multiple platforms and operating systems are used for work, IT managers are challenged to safeguard corporate data and keep roaming costs low.

"And when mobility budgets are managed by departments rather than IT, data roaming costs can be hard to control."