The bring-your-own device (BYOD) trend has been seen by many as another way in which enterprises can use tablets and smartphones while cutting costs, but a new report has cast doubt over that theory, while also suggesting tablets could one day replace laptops.
Mobile expense management company Xigo commissioned telecom industry association CCMI to carry out the study, which found that only 9% of businesses have been able to cut expenditure by deploying some kind of BYOD program.
Another 67% saw no difference with expenditure, while 24% somehow saw an increase in spending after putting a BYOD plan in place. More than half of enterprises (60%) are still in charge of purchasing, managing and securing smartphones and tablets for their employees, while also paying the monthly network fees.
Indeed, BYOD schemes do seem to be running in parallel with corporately-purchased tablets and smartphones, with just over one in five enterprises (22%) running the two side by side, and just 10% of enterprises claiming to be 'BYOD only'.
Of these who are running bring-your-own device schemes, 19% said that they do it to keep their employees happy, while 17% feel it improves worker productivity. Another 15% see it as another way to reduce expenditure.
Dimension Data subsidiary Xigo believes smartphones are still the preferred device when it comes to enterprises adopting mobile devices, with enterprises more likely to purchase a mobile phone over a tablet (15% for a phone vs. 5% for a tablet), more happy to subsidize a phone purchase (50% vs. 30% for the tablet) and more content with paying the monthly serve charges associated with a mobile phone (65% vs. 55% for the tablet).
That being said, a healthy 36% of those enterprises quizzed reckon tablets will eventual replace laptops in the workplace, a statement which sits in line with other recent predictions.
And while the success of BYOD remains to be seen, there was good news in that enterprises are at least beginning to put together some kind of mobile policy. The study found that 52% of enterprises now have a mobile usage policy which employees must agree and sign up to.
The report is now available and can be downloaded for free here.