The challenge

Kinross was originally using the Blackberry platform, which made it easier to keep mobile data costs down with compression. As the company migrated away from Blackberry, it needed another solution to manage data consumption.

“We were spending excessive amounts on roaming data while people were abroad. Checking email could’ve resulted in a $200 charge each day,” said JT Pearson, Manager IT Client Services.

“Wandera has also allowed us to increase our mobile device security, providing insight into iOS and Android vulnerabilities. Wandera is a valuable tool and has become part of our day-to-day processes.”

– JT Pearson, Manager – IT Client Services

Headquartered in Canada, where the cost of data is among the highest in the world, Kinross needed to lower roaming and domestic mobile data charges. However, they were unable to track user behavior, often incurring large bills with no way of knowing how the data was being used.

Kinross Gold

Company profile

Kinross is a senior gold mining company with mines and projects in the United States, Brazil, Chile, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania. Founded in 1993, Kinross now operates nine gold mines on four continents and employs over 9,000 people worldwide. The company supports hundreds of mobile devices with the majority being iOS and a smaller portion Android. Kinross employees utilize their mobile devices for a variety of purposes – from emailing to using maps. There is also a degree of personal use for employees who travel frequently to keep in touch with their families at home.

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“We don’t restrict users but if someone reaches 80 per cent of their limit, we will block personal apps like Facebook or Instagram. We want to give our staff the freedom to use their devices and Wandera allows us to do so without incurring large bills.”

– JT Pearson, Manager – IT Client Services

The solution

Kinross deployed Wandera through a selective and staged rollout, targeting the staff they knew needed the platforms the most, such as travelling executives and staff who were changing from Blackberry to a new iPhone or Samsung device.

Kinross has set up notifications alerting its IT administrators when staff members reach a certain percentage of their data limit for the month with different profiles for roaming use and domestic use. If employees use 250 MB in Toronto, they get notified; if they use 50 MB abroad, they get notified.

“We don’t restrict users but if someone reaches 80 per cent of their limit, we will block personal apps like Facebook or Instagram. We want to give our staff the freedom to use their devices and Wandera allows us to do so without incurring large bills.”

Our cellular bills dropped drastically after switching to Wandera, far beyond what we had expected.”

– JT Pearson, Manager – IT Client Services

During the first six months of Wandera’s deployment, Kinross experienced a 37.7% reduction in its overall cellular expenses.

“Our original objective was to drive down costs through the compression and proxy service, but we have found many more opportunities for savings once we started using the Wandera service.”

The results

Before the implementation of Wandera, the company didn’t have a method of regulating employees’ data consumption. Now, Kinross has a complete understanding of their mobile users’ behaviour. This visibility has given the Company more control, which has helped curb some non-work related use on the device. Wandera’s tools enabled Kinross to give employees access to apps like Facebook, but only up to a certain point, and shut down access or notify of excessive usage when they’re approaching their data threshold.

Our cellular bills dropped drastically after switching to Wandera, far beyond what we had expected.”

– JT Pearson, Manager – IT Client Services

During the first six months of Wandera’s deployment, Kinross experienced a 37.7% reduction in its overall cellular expenses.

“Our original objective was to drive down costs through the compression and proxy service, but we have found many more opportunities for savings once we started using the Wandera service.”

29%

Data consumption reduction

$62,200

Annual saving

9x

Return on investment

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