A new study has been published by Strategy Analytics today which revealed some good news for RIM and business that either use or are interested in using BES. The study, commissioned by Research In Motion, found that aside from proving the most robust level of security for any mobile platform out there, BES also proved to be cost effective for those that deploy it.
The study compared the cost of a 100 user smartphone deployment with BES and another 100 user non-BlackBerry deployment managed with a 3rd party MDM. It concluded that it costs 39% more to deploy 100 non-BlackBerry devices using the "walled-garden" approach, than 100 BlackBerry smartphones tied to a BES.
"This study highlights that the cost of setting up and managing devices using a 'Walled Garden' architecture is more expensive than using BlackBerry Enterprise Server with BlackBerry smartphones," said Andrew Brown, Director of Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics. "When looking to define a cost-efficient, long-term enterprise mobility strategy, we would caution all organisations across both the public and private sectors to look at the total cost of supporting multiple devices with multiple operating systems over several years."