You know the drill. You hire a new remote employee that will provide overseas customer services for your client, you ship them their device, onboard them, invest in training – only to find out within a few months that they’ve moved on to another BPO. Now you need to find a new employee, and there’s a good chance you can kiss that laptop goodbye.

BPOs today are losing millions of dollars in lost hardware, since employees simply aren’t shipping them back. Your profitability is being eaten up. But it doesn’t have to be that way. A Secure Enclave can put this money back in their pockets, and you won’t even have to see another shipping company again in your life (at least, for work purposes).

Here’s how it works.

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Why Outsourcing Companies Ship Devices to Remote Employees

Companies that provide outsourced managed services, like IT, customer care, support, or finance (aka BPOs), often manage a global team of employees. To allow these employees to perform their jobs, they ship them endpoint devices (PCs, laptops).

By providing company-issued devices, BPOs can ensure that all employees have access to the necessary tools, applications, security patches and access permissions, which are pre-configured on devices before shipping them out. This helps in maintaining consistency in performance, efficiency and security across the organization.

Understanding the BPO Industry

However, shipping devices might not be the best strategy for many of these companies that provide managed services. To understand why, let’s understand what characterizes this industry.

Why BPOs are Losing Their Hardware

Configuring, updating and shipping devices to a large number of employees requires IT teams to be dynamic and fast-paced. At the same time, it requires them to invest significant budget resources in new devices. While BPOs ship out devices to new employees when they join, they do not always get those devices back. According to some estimations, businesses can lose up to 30% of their shipped hardware.

Why is this happening?

When employees leave their positions so quickly, they sometimes fail to return company-issued laptops or other hardware. This could be due to oversight, lack of awareness about return procedures, or intentional disregard for company policies.

Even when employees do ship back laptops upon leaving their roles, there’s a possibility that the devices are unworthy of further use. This could be due to damage incurred during transit, poor packaging, or employee misuse. This renders the hardware inoperable or requiring extensive repairs before it can be redeployed.

In some cases, delays in shipping laptops to employees can lead to a “no-show” situation, where the employee has already accepted another job offer by the time the hardware arrives. This can happen when there are logistical challenges or bureaucratic delays in the procurement and shipping process, causing frustration and inconvenience for both the employer and the employee. In such cases, a frustrated employee may not bother to ship back the device.

Millions of Dollars Lost in Transit

What’s the cost of this lost hardware for BPOs? Let’s look at the numbers.

For a 500-agent organization:

Stop Leaving Money on the Table

As of now, global managed services companies have accepted this reality as the cost of doing business. When planning financially and determining their growth traction and profitability, they take into account hundreds of thousands of dollars (and upwards) as part of their expenses. However, this is not sustainable in the long-run.

BPOs have several options to address the challenges associated with hardware loss and management:

Introducing: The Secure Enclave

The Secure Enclave is a groundbreaking approach for IT teams, which is especially relevant for BPOs and other outsourcing and managed services organizations. This innovative technology facilitates a secure and isolated environment on any unmanaged or BYOD/BYO-PC computer, As a result, it allows easily setting up remote work without the inherent complexities and financial implications of shipping devices.

The Secure Enclave operates by establishing a controlled environment directly on the user’s device. Within this enclave, all company data is encrypted and access is managed. Work applications are executed locally and operations are distinctly demarcated by a Blue Border™. This ensures that business activities are securely isolated from any personal usage on the same device. This separation not only enhances security but also preserves the performance and usability of the device for personal tasks.

The best part is that the Secure Enclave can be easily installed on any existing unmanaged or BYOD PC or Mac and it starts working immediately, so employees can start working without any shipping delays. This agility will help you rapidly onboard and scale according to your client demands, giving you a competitive advantage and making your IT teams very happy they don’t have to set up and ship another device.

The Secure Enclave’s flexibility does not come at the cost of security or meeting compliance. By isolating the work environment from the personal space, the Secure Enclave significantly mitigates the risk of data breaches and cyber threats. This approach ensures that, even in the event of a device being compromised, the integrity and confidentiality of company data remain intact. And because it was built to comply with the strictest of standards (HIPAA, PCI, SOC 2, GDPR and more) you can have peace of mind that your client data is protected and secure.

Learn more about how Venn’s Secure Enclave eliminates the need for BPOs to invest in expensive hardware or software infrastructure. Let’s talk.

Heather Howland

Heather Howland

SVP Marketing

Responsible for championing the Venn brand, building awareness, and accelerating growth. With 20+ years of marketing experience and various marketing leadership roles, I'm passionate about bringing new technologies to market.