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BYOD vs. COPE: The Costs and Benefits of a Corporate-Liable Mobility Program

Despite all the attention given to BYOD, Frost & Sullivan research shows that companies are providing smartphones, tablets and apps for their end users in record numbers. These mobility programs, often described as “corporate liable” or “corporate owned, personally enabled” (COPE), provide businesses in regulated industries greater control to effectively secure and manage devices.

A 2016 survey of more than 400 IT decision makers in the United States reveals that nearly 80 percent of respondents provide smartphones for at least some of their employees to use for work, and around 65 percent offer tablets for business use.

But when deploying mobile devices to their end users, many companies don’t have a clear picture of the total cost of doing so. IT resources, management applications and services, and security can comprise almost a third of the cost of these tools, and few companies account for less tangible costs, such as reliability, extensibility and productivity. Deploying the right devices can not only lower these expenses, but also reduce risks and improve overall performance. And if you take a strategic approach at the forefront, you’ll save even more money in the long run on maintenance and support costs.

Looking to create an effective corporate-liable mobile device program for your enterprise? Get insight from Frost & Sullivan on how it can create a competitive advantage.

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Melanie Turek

As an Associate Fellow and VP of Research for Connected Work at Frost & Sullivan, Melanie covers a broad range of markets, leveraging long-standing relationships with leading industry participants’ senior executives and customer organizations. Melanie has more than 25 years' experience covering video and web conferencing, social networking, unified communications, voice, IP communications, and instant messaging and presence, as well as a wide range of business software and services. Melanie brings deep technical expertise and in-depth understanding of the ways in which technology can positively impact business processes and performance. She studied social anthropology at Harvard, and she views technology transformation through that lens.

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