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.

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