The question today is no longer whether employees are using their mobile devices for entertainment but how much it is costing your company? The fuel for the 300% industry-wide increase in mobile data usage in the last two years is entertainment related activities, most prominently video streaming. Studies show data usage is projected to quadruple by the year 2021. If companies doesn’t get a handle on this new expense challenge, mobile budgets are on target to experience a growth rate of 20-30% a year.
What If You Could Actually Know Which Sites are Visited?
If you think your employees are just using their business smartphones to communicate with corporate applications, think again. Since carriers don’t provide the actual sites your employees are visiting on their mobile devices, you may be under the impression it is primarily business usage. While the carriers don’t provide actual site information, MobilSense can. In fact, we think if you could see this kind of information it would dramatically alter your views on usage policy enforcement.
Now is the time for enterprises who assign corporate-owned devices to become more aggressive in identifying and understanding the data consumption of its employees.
Click here to learn how our unique approach to identifying unproductive data use can not only monitor but identify data waste and provide the proactive controls needed to enforce company policy.
While cost containment is likely at the core of every mobility management strategy, it’s the points of emphasis that define it. Where one company may consider a wireless device a perk with few restrictions, another company may extend service to the family members of its employees. Others may only assign devices to its critical employees heavily laden with limitations of use. MobilSense has outlined 10 dimensions describing the range of positions that might characterize a company’s culture and identity as it relates to mobility management. Click here to learn more.
The concept of shifting away from voice-metered plans to data-metering first emerged in 2013. In the years since, most businesses have migrated to data pooling primarily because the carriers offer unlimited voice and messaging incentives for data-centric plans. Two general pooling plan types are offered today in the industry. Carriers like AT&T and Verizon offer you a choice of both pooling models while other carriers tend to focus on one variation or the other. To understand the economics of these two pooling models and make the best decisions for your company situation, it is important to appreciate the pros and cons of each model and know how to effectively project your data quantity needs in the pooling model you select.
Understanding Pooling Types
The pooling models fall into what we call ‘Group Share’ and ‘Data Plus’ packages. Both offer unlimited voice and messaging with their unit of measure based on the number of gigabytes consumed. In the Group Share category, data is purchased in bulk quantities (10s to 100s of GB) with limits placed on the permitted number of devices within a group/pool. The Data Plus type plans either allow an unlimited number of devices or usage boundaries are sufficiently elevated to remove most practical limitations. Similar to how classic voice pools use to operate, Data Plus makes a small contribution (1 – 10 GB) toward the aggregate pool total from each device. To get to the total amount needed in a pool, you need to ensure the sum of all parts will achieve your predetermined goal.
MobilSentry™, a mobile expense management solution, can provide a platform for rate plan optimization and includes disciplines for determining which strategy is best for you. Click here to download our white paper, Optimizing Invoices in Today’s Data-Centric Wireless World.