Syntonic announced DataFlex, a split-billing solution designed to deploy, operate, and manage bring- your- own- device (BYOD) usage. The platform provides split billing—the separation of personal from business use—on any mobile operator network, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The solution is available to IT through a self-service portal for employee, device, and app provisioning, analytics, and billing.
To support company and department level budgeting and forecasting, Syntonic enabled automated reporting and notifications.
Employees download the Syntonic DataFlex app from the AppStore or GooglePlay and log in once with their corporate email. This starts the split billing service for that device.
DataFlex was designed to simplify complex heterogeneous environments, and to do so, Syntonic supports any operator, any application or website, any device, any operating system, any expense management system, and any enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution.
“Most businesses are daunted by the potential complexity of BYOD and they either hold off formalizing their BYOD policies or they try to do too much,” Gary Greenbaum, CEO of Syntonic, told eWEEK. “A first step is to separate business mobile data from employee personal data; otherwise known as split billing, to gain a better understanding of how business data is being used within the enterprise. BYOD is rapidly changing, and BYOD policies and technologies need to remain both flexible and adaptable.”
The platform works with managed or unmanaged devices running Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating system, and doesn’t require any application modifications such as app wrapping or software development kit (SDK) integration. Businesses are protected with threat detection and last-mile encryption, even if the employee is accessing unencrypted data over an unsecured network.
“We observed that existing methods for reimbursement were costly and inefficient. Businesses were overpaying employees for business application usage or were in non-compliance with labor laws for employee reimbursement,” Greenbaum said. “Businesses have become reliant on mobile business data; however, they lack the understanding about how mobile data is consumed, which has made it a serious challenge to budget, forecast, and guide the investments companies are making in mobile business applications.”
DataFlex also provides app-level analytics segmented by employee, department, company, time period, data used, and other details to help guide mobile forecasting, budgeting and investments.
“There’s a radical and accelerating shift in the definition of the workplace. For many companies work is no longer bounded by a physical environment or clock—work has virtualized,” Greenbaum said. “Employees have an expectation they can access what they need from anywhere, at any time, and from any device, including wearables. BYOD programs and technologies must remain agile to accommodate the needs and expectations of both business and employees.”