Recently many companies have started to implement BYOD policies to allow employees to bring their own devices to work to be be used as business phones. The Canadian Diabetes Association is taking the opposite route however, ditching their long-standing BYOD policy in favor of all BlackBerry devices - both for hardware and enterprise software.
The CDA has been operating "D-Camps" since 1953 - camps that allow children with Type 1 Diabetes to enjoy a real camping experience. Nigel Carpenter, Chief Information Officer at the Canadian Diabetes Association, says that not only has the change brought "significant cost savings" but also allows their camp staff to better coordinate and manage activities. Doctors and nurses at the camps can also easily access medical information on the fly while closely monitoring campers.
Carpenter noted that security was one of the top priorities in choosing to make the change and thanks to BlackBerry Balance, staff can have both their personal and work data on one device with less headaches for IT.
"I know that when I give my employees a BlackBerry smartphone, everything is going to work with limited effort required by our IT administrators," he adds. "By centralizing our BlackBerry solution, we realized this move would bring us tremendous cost savings."
As a non-profit organization, Carpenter says the switch looks to save the CDA nearly a quarter of a million dollars over the next three years.