Tablet bring-your-own device (BYOD) programs offer better opportunities for organizations than that of enterprise owned-laptops and smartphones, according to a recent report by Gartner Inc. IT departments can support nearly three times more users in bring-your-own tablet programs than enterprise-owned tablet initiatives.

“IT leaders can spend half a million dollars to buy and support 1,000 enterprise-owned tablets, while they can support 2,745 user-owned tablets with that same budget,” Federica Troni, research director at Gartner, said in a statement. “Without a stipend, direct costs of user-owned tablets are 64% lower. When organizations have several users who want a tablet as a device of convenience, offering a BYOD option is the best alternative to limit cost and broaden access.”

BYO smartphone programs have a total cost of ownership that’s similar to those of enterprise-owned smartphones, and will only deliver savings when an organization is in a position to pay partial, or do not reimburse or subsidize for voice and data plans.

Through 2017, Gartner says 90% of organizations will support some aspect of BYOD. These programs today have different degrees of maturity, but the firm predicts that by 2018 there will be twice as many employee-owned devices used for work than enterprise-owned devices.

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