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Costs of managing mobility catching CIOs out

The latest Vita Enterprise Solutions Insights Survey has revealed the true extent of a problem affecting the productivity and financial health of many businesses and organisations.

The survey uncovered the startling figure that about two thirds of all ICT executives underestimate the costs associated with managing mobility.

Enabling mobility in the workforce continues to be a key objective of organisations of all sizes, but clearly decision-makers are focusing on the benefits such a transition will bring and not the costs of implementing it.

The Vita Enterprise Solutions Insights survey for FY17 canvassed the opinions of more than 320 key executives in enterprises with an annual ICT spend of more than $75,000 and with workforces ranging from 50 employees to more than 10,000.

That so many CIOs are underestimating the true costs of managing mobility is to be expected given it is a totally new way of working.

But it is a mistake to think that the big-ticket costs of a mobility strategy are to be found in the price of the devices and the set-up (app development, software, licensing, configuration, security etc). Some industry analysts say this only accounts for about 35 per cent of the costs of ownership.

The real sting comes from “soft costs” such as providing support, lost productivity, management of the devices, training, and disposal of obsolete equipment – things that may not have been taken into account.

If you are considering rolling out a mobility solution it is vital to understand these hidden costs. They rarely appear on the balance sheet, but if left unchecked they can have a big impact on an organisation’s growth, productivity and competitive advantage, as well as its ability to effectively manage and mitigate risks.

It is the impact of these hidden costs on a business's bottom line and productivity, and the difficulty in tracking them, that prompts many IT managers to opt for a professional external Mobility Managed Service.

A Mobility Managed Service is an efficient, cost-transparent service that can help you control expenditure, maximise productivity and keep your workforce focused on staying ahead of the competition.

 

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