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GCN : October 2014
GCN OCTOBER 2014 • GCN.COM 7 When you’re ready for success in a changing world. You are ready for American Public University. Choose from more than 180 online degrees and certificates, and gain relevant skills that can be put into practice the same day. From Cybersecurity to Digital Forensics and Cloud Computing, you’ll find respected programs at American Public University–at a cost that’s 20% less than the average published in-state rates at public universities.* Visit StudyatAPU.com/GCN *College Board: Trends in College Pricing, 2013 We want you to make an informed decision about the university that’s right for you. For more about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, visit www.apus.edu/disclosure. 2014 ONLINE PROGRAMS BEST BACHELOR’S Mobile security provider Good Tech- nology introduced a free tool to help agencies compare the total cost of ownership of their mobile technology investments against industry standards and identify areas to improve. Good said its Mobile Cost of Owner- ship (MCO) Analyzer is designed to help federal IT managers better under- stand their mobile IT costs by compar- ing the impact of financial variables such as shifts in agency labor, carrier or annual infrastructure costs. Agencies can also download a customized report showing their rela- tive annual costs and offering recom- mendations on how to reduce them, according to Good, which views some agencies as slow to embrace mobile tech, “because, quite simply, they are preoccupied with other IT priorities.” The company believes the free MCO Analyzer might help change that ten- dency. “The right mobile investments will actually help [agencies] cut costs across the board – a huge missed opportunity to responsibly manage tax- payer dollars,” according to the firm. Brian Reed, the company’s chief mo- bility evangelist, said attempts to limit mobile costs have led organizations to adopt bring-your-own-device policies. “But many organizations find that BYOD doesn’t save them what they expected. And that’s because approxi- mately 40 percent of all mobile costs relate to support and operations rather than device costs,” he said. “By failing to optimize key mobile cost drivers, they are wasting money.” The total cost of ownership for mobile can quickly escalate between the costs of devices, telecom contracts and support. But few organizations accurately track the total cost of their mobile investments, or identify the cost components. The MCO Analyzer works with the company’s other mobile device man- agement tools including Good Mobile Service Management (MSM), which monitors mobile transactions end-to- end to analyze the performance of an agency’s mobile infrastructure. “An organization with 1,000 mobi- lized employees with an average cost structure could save over half a million dollars annually with MSM. At the same time, they can ensure a smooth user experience and a consistent, resilient quality of service,” Reed said. • Good offers calculator for mobile performance
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