Looking for Advice on BYOD: Engage A Cisco Partner

December 18, 2013
by Al Yong

There is a growing movement across businesses of all sizes for employees to bring your own device (BYOD) to work. It saves companies on massive amounts of hardware spend and knocks a decent amount off balance sheets as employees are responsible for upkeep and replacing devices.

Sounds great! But before you scrap next years IT spend altogether, there’s some things you should consider.

Firstly, what are the benefits? Advocates of the BYOD movement would argue that it encourages greater productivity, more savings and therefore higher revenues. The devil however, is in the detail. How do you ensure sensitive company data is secure? What about customer data? And how do you keep your staff feeling connected in a virtual collaborative environment?

This is when you might need a Cisco Certified Partner. Whilst many such cases of businesses going BYOD go unmentioned, Cisco has pulled together a couple examples of this being successfully implemented with the support of Cisco Partners.

  1. Higher Productivity, Lower Expenses. A 30-employee business in a US city wanted to trim its operational expenditure (OpEx) budget by getting staff to work remotely in locations of their choosing on their own devices. However, they didn’t want to lose the feeling of collaboration or data security.

A Cisco Certified Partner designed a solution for these challenges, which included “collaboration and security products, hosted communications services for mobile device apps and Cisco SMARTnet technical support service.”

The results were:

  • Over 75% of employees moved out of the head office in the city center;

  • Productivity went up 10-15%, due to better working hours and an end to commuting;

  • The OpEx budget shrank $125,000 per-annum;

  • Full ROI was realised within one year after completing this transition

  1. Business continuity in the face of disaster. When Hurricane Sandy, a category 3 hurricane, smashed into America’s eastern seaboard in October 2012 it caused billions of dollars worth of damage. One business that was affected was a 200-employee medical records services company in New York.

The Cisco equipment they had included a Unified Communications Manager platform and IP phones, and Cisco Compatible Extensions (CCX) for client devices. Their Cisco Certified Partner turned up the morning after the hurricane to discover thirty feet of water in the basement of the building, effectively disabling most of the communications. It would take days, weeks, maybe months to fix the problem.

Instead they suggested setting up a remote network, enabling employees to work anywhere, on any device.  A BYOD solution was put together using Cisco systems and the employee’s own devices. All customer records were still accessible and secure. Work quickly resumed across the city only a day after disaster struck.

In the end it took two months to restore the office building, which used to house the company. A delay that would have cost $5 million and put them out of business.

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