BYOD, cloud named in eight disruptive IT cost forces

Bring your own device (BYOD) and cloud computing have been named in Gartner’s eight most disruptive forces which need be managed to avoid stratospheric IT asset costs, the analyst house warns.

In a research note written by Gartner distinguished analyst and VP Alexa Bona, BYOD gives “new security and environmental risks”, which in turn leads to increased costs.

Of course, this isn’t the first time that the potential cost saving of BYOD has been called into question. Indeed, this is reminiscent of the research note from Grudi Associates which warned of the “indirect and hidden costs” associated with personal device policy.

Regardless, this may put to bed the blanket idea that BYOD equals cost savings, without any thought about security and compliance issues. “Many organisations are embarking on BYOD schemes with little regard to their material impact on software licensing costs and IT asset management issues,” the report notes.

The vast majority of the other forces will be more than familiar. Cloud, virtualisation and big data were all cited as important to manage to avoid spiralling outgoings.

As Bona notes, desktop virtualisation is one of the key enablers to incorporating BYOD strategy, which is an area where IT procurement managers struggle to keep the costs down.

It’s something that will penetrate the enterprise soon enough however, be it desktop as a service (DaaS) or virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), with a recent survey from NaviSite showing how, for 42% of respondents, employees were the key driver in moving forward virtual desktops.

Other forces include the Internet of Things, maintenance fees, software audits, and mobile app stores.

“IT asset managers need to understand the full IT asset cost implications of a range of new sourcing options, such as cloud services, BYOD programs and app stores,” Bona concludes.

This is certainly a message which many in the industry can resonate with; make sure you’ve got every box checked and leave no stone unturned, after which you’re free to take advantage of the transformative capability of mobile and cloud, which Gartner has of course previously examined.

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15 Aug 2013, 3:11 p.m.

Just the usual ebb and flow of IT fashion. If you've been here long enough, you will have seen it all before under different guises.