No. 8: BYOD
The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon has taken the midmarket by storm, and has brought with it some actionable cost-saving opportunities. By allowing employees to bring their own devices to connect to a company's IT infrastructure and network, physical hardware costs are significantly reduced. It seems like a no-brainer. Penny Soat, customer service manager and former Information Management Technology and Systems Manager at Kreg Tool Company, and Jerzy Zwierzchowski, director of IT operations at Mark Anthony Group, both said that they have utilized BYOD strategies to cut IT costs and save money.
When survey respondents were asked to name their top three networking initiatives, BYOD and Mobile Device Management (MDM) landed in the top 10 most mentioned. This could mean that many midmarket IT executives are finally adopting BYOD strategies to conform to the rapidly changing technology environment. But what many of them might not realize just yet are the cost-saving possibilities that BYOD offers.