Businesses are paying nearly twice as much for their mobile devices as they realise, claims Wandera, a provider of mobile data security and management for enterprises.
Its survey of 500 UK IT decision-makers shows that the true Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of mobile devices is £1,272 per device per annum – double what most UK enterprises are prepared for.
This figure is made up of carrier charges (36%) and hardware costs (21%), which is what organisations usually take into account, plus other expenses that they tend not to consider, such as bill shock (14%), IT resource (10%), additional services (8%) and security (11%).
Eldar Tuvey, CEO of Wandera, said: “For years, most enterprises have considered TCO to be simply made up of the cost of the device plus the carrier charges. But this is frankly a naive view. In fact, the ‘real’ TCO is twice as much as commonly expected. In the UK, approximately £644 per device of annual costs for services, security and IT are not being taken into account when calculating the TCO of enterprise mobility.”
Wandera says that 58% of the TCO is ‘controllable’ and reducible through improved mobile data management, policy setting and security threat prevention. It claims that using these measures typically removes about 28% of the TCO.
The survey also found that the cost of remedying a security breach is on average more than three times what is spent on prevention. The average spend on mobile security software per device per annum is £32, compared to an average of £104 to ‘clean up’ a breach.