iTnews reveals the true cost of BYOD

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Why 'choose your own device' is a better fit.

It’s 26 pages long and at times controversial, but today I am pleased to finally release into the wild iTnews' latest research report, ‘The True Cost of BYOD’.

For those new to the study, I set out to interview close to 50 CIOs and moderated roundtables around Australia and New Zealand probing for information on how organisations are tackling BYOD.

The report attempts to quantify the relative cost of devices, plans, software, set-up and support to gauge whether much-hyped BYOD strategies deliver the cost savings that the bean counters are banking on.

I've come out the other side with some strong views on whether BYOD fits for any Australian and New Zealand companies outside of very large enterprise.

The report concludes that without significant scale and a large percentage of workers employed in ‘commodity roles’, a mobile free-for-all is not going to be worth the effort and risk.

Instead the report validates a ‘choose-your-own-device’ model, under which the dual drivers of employee choice and CapEx savings can be balanced.

I  would like to offer a big thank you to our partners at VMware, who hosted me on their ANZ ‘Touch Tomorrow’ roadshow. These roundtables with senior IT managers from across the region helped to validate much of the report’s content.

I would also like to wholeheartedly thank the many CIOs that gave their time for this study.

The report is available for download here. I'm very interested in your feedback on email or Twitter.

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Brett Winterford

One of Australia’s most experienced technology journalists, former iTnews Group Editor Brett Winterford has written about the business of technology for 15 years.

Awarded Business Journalist and Technology Journalist of the year at the 2004 ITjourno awards and Editor of the Year at the 2009 Publishers Australia 'Bell' awards, Winterford has extensive experience in both the business and technology press, writing for such publications as the Australian Financial Review and The Sydney Morning Herald.

As editor of iTnews Brett has led a team of award-winning journalists; delivered speeches at industry events; authored, commissioned and edited research papers, curated technology conferences [The iTnews Executive Summit and Australian Data Centre Strategy Summit and also shares the judging of the annual Benchmark Awards.

Brett's areas of specialty include enterprise software, cloud computing and IT services.

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