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Managing IT Costs in a BYOD Environment

Posted by Caroline Le Brun | April 11, 2012 2:21 PM
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Recent trends in IT management call for a radically different approach to dealing with how companies deploy, maintain, and scale technology investments. A philosophical shift is taking place in the way organizations and individuals think about technology.

The fixed technology infrastructure, limited compatibilities, ongoing system maintenance, thick user manuals, and strict usage policies are losing grip as technology is becoming more accessible and affordable than ever before.

The consumerization of IT presents a major challenge to organizations as individuals are bringing their own iPads, iPhones, and Android devices into the workplace (The BYOD phenomenon). In addition, SaaS and cloud-service providers are making the provisioning of IT services so easy and accessible that the users often bypass IT to gain access to the productivity tools they need (or at least, think they need).

Keeping track of what your company has, who has what, and how much it’s costing is often difficult. The traditional accounting and database models employed by legacy systems to track IT assets and costs just aren’t equipped to manage IT in this complex and fast-changing technology/user environment.

If my IT assets are in the cloud, operating on different environments, over multiple devices, by many users, then how the hell do I keep track of it all?

With a Telecom and IT Cost Management system you can take back control over technology investments within the BYOD Environment. Cimpl provides the features you need to allow users to self-procure their devices and services while tracking and enforcing usage policy. The reporting mechanism can provide total cost transparency and enable users to self-regulate their costs. The IT Department has a birds-eye view of costs and can drill down to explore problem areas. With a clearer understanding of IT Costs, the IT department can now communicate its value to the rest of the organization. 

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Topics: Telecom Expense Management, BYOD, IT cost management, tem

Written by Caroline Le Brun

As a 16-year marketing veteran, Caroline’s experience extends across multiple industries. Since she joined Cimpl, her successful marketing campaigns have increased the company’s online and community presence, in addition to Cimpl’s footprint and appearances in new or traditional media (such as the Globe and Mail). Caroline is a specialist in communication and social media. She works closely with analysts to keep track of and adapt to the trends and changes in the industry of IT: Technology Expense management, IT cost optimization, Technology trends. Her leadership conducts Cimpl’s marketing team toward ever greater achievements. Caroline is also an exemplary citizen. Outside of work, she is involved in TEMIA, the Dorval Day Camp, and other community organizations. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from Concordia University and a Master Certificate in Integrated online Strategies from the University of San Francisco Intensive Development program.

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