Richard Rothschild, senior director IT and facilities at DVR-maker TiVo, also gives free rein to employees when it comes to mobile devices.
"I get a big benefit when I can use my mobile phone to see e-mail and be able to respond more quickly. I can approve things going into production faster instead of me having to find a computer and log in," he said. "The problem is protecting our intellectual property."
Rothschild said his company only allows workers to use phones that IT can control and wipe of data if they're lost or an employee leaves the company.
"We have a very large amount of data that's very sensitive to our customers," said David Davies, CIO at Flight Options, a private jet transportation company.
Even so, Davies said his company issued Blackberries to all of its employees in 2001 and 2002. The result was immediate, the company saved $8,000 in the first month in long distance phone bills.
Prior to using smartphones, Flight Options pilots and crew had to file details about how much aircraft maintenance, fuel consumption, miles flown per day, and any schedule deviations due to late passengers via fax to dispatchers. With the mobile phones, that information is sent cheaply and instantly.
Along with the mobile phones, Davies deployed a mobile device manager server to track the applications used on mobile devices, to inventory phones and wipe their data if they're lost.
Davies is currently rolling out iPads to his employees. The hope is that pilots and crewmembers will figure out ways to use them for myriad applications, such as downloading weather charts and passenger information.
"We'll have 20 iPads out there in the next six months and I need a way to manage them," he said.
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