Friday, 15 March 2013

Money saving option - Barnet's 575 Blackberries

Reading through the council's disclosure log I was interested to find that the Council has issued 575 Blackberry mobile phones to council staff at a cost of £70 each. All Directors and Assistant Directors get one. Each one will be on a contract adding further to the costs. Now I can understand why some people, who are not office based, would need a Blackberry but for the majority of office staff this just seems an unnecessary expense especially as so many of the same people will also have expense tablet computers (£1,600 including all the peripherals). In 2011/12 Barnet spent £43,142.75 with Orange, O2 and Vodafone and a further £24,022.88 with Daisy Telecoms, a business communications provider. Interestingly each department appears to use a different telephone provider. Children's service appear to use Vodafone, Chief executives department use Orange, Environment and operations use O2 and the Commercial directorate use Daisy Telecoms.

With many organisations pushing ahead with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies, perhaps someone needs to take a look at this whole area as a way to save costs.

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