There’s an old saying that two heads are better than one. What if you had a lot more heads collaborating on the same project anywhere in the world? Collaboration is the key to gaining a competitive advantage in today’s highly-competitive markets.
If there’s one common goal across all industries, regions, and company sizes, it’s cutting costs while maintaining or improving productive output. Whether it’s been handed down as a business-wide objective or you’re looking to be the hero, reducing operating expenses while increasing productivity is a sure way for you and your business to thrive.
Let’s take a look at five areas where IT and business units can find the sweet spot of saving big while actually improving collaboration; particularly from a mobile perspective.
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It’s a common misconception that hardware costs drive up the costs of doing business. In fact, the majority of costs associated with hardware actually occur after the initial purchase in service, support and software. It follows, then, that the right mobility solutions should reduce both hardware and post-hardware spending in order to knock down a major expense. Here are a few areas where you can save on hardware costs:
- Securely (and confidently) support mobile computing, be it BYOD, company owned personally enabled (COPE) or company owned business owned (COBO).
- Replace VPN and other hardware-based, single-purpose tokens with smartphone authentication
- Enable work data to be accessible on any work or personal computer, tablet, or smartphone
- Don’t get bogged down by picking expensive hardware based on the mobile operating systems — you can support Android, iOS, Windows Phone, Samsung Knox and BlackBerry from a single enterprise mobile management console.
While licensing is a necessity in order to access the right tools for productivity and collaboration, there are cost-saving opportunities that extend beyond a basic audit of who-needs-what.
- Achieve productivity with fewer licenses by managing information, not devices
- Downgrade professional-level software where appropriate
- Consider a refresh of collaboration software at a more competitive rate
- Take advantage of volume licensing and vendor consolidation
Business travel costs can really add up. That is why it’s important to consider taking advantage of how far mobile and remote collaboration has really come.
- Seamless group video calling and screen sharing on desktop and mobile devices
- Secure instant messaging on iOS, Android, and BlackBerry smartphones
- Military-grade file sharing with zero compromise on user experience (inside and outside of your business)
- IT Administration and Support
Reduce your IT staff and support infrastructure too much and you’ll certainly hear about it – and see a negative impact. But there are opportunities to be more efficient and to enable new, tech-savvy workers to help themselves.
- Self-help portals for users to not only troubleshoot but accomplish basic administrative tasks
- Automation of provisioning and IT-related tasks
- Vendor consolidation and bundling to unify support and licensing costs
- Single Sign-On access to your cloud and in-house services
- Supporting multiple mobile operating systems from a single management interface reduces the number of support specialists you need
Ponemon Institute conducted a study that revealed a not-so-pleasant reality when it comes to security vulnerabilities: The average cost of a data breach to a company is $3.5 million USD. Preventative measures are a must – but don’t think for a second that they need to stifle access or productivity.
- Educate your user base on how to identify relevant threats and include them in a company-wide approach to securing your network, data and physical facilities
- Be diligent about automatic password changes, software updates and software patching
- Ensure that your infrastructure is secure end-to-end, not in piecemeal chunks
We’ve put together an informative webcast for you to view and share, covering a more in-depth discussion on these 5 tips for cutting costs while improving mobile collaboration. You’ll get the proof points, actionable insights, and further resources to be the cost saving hero that your business needs.
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