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Rapid adoption of mobility presents IT management with complex and persistent challenges

Posted by wouter hoeffnagel     September 1, 2016     134 views    
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With mobility increasingly shaping business strategies in the U.S., the rapid adoption of the technology presents IT management with a growing number of complex and persistent challenges. Mobile devices and application usage continues to expand, challenging IT to optimize the balance between mobile device and application management, security, and facilitation of new mobile application deployments. There are many disparate and integrated mobile technology to choose from, mirroring the varied deployment schemes seen in enterprises today, according to a recent survey of enterprise IT decision makers in the U.S. by International Data Corporation (IDC).

Over 75% of enterprises see the value of third party management in part or all of their enterprise mobility strategies. Yet security issues and cost overruns persist in a number of enterprise deployments of mobile devices and applications.

Choose Your Own Device
Research also shows that nearly 3 out of 4 enterprise organizations in the U.S. either already offer, or plan to offer, a "Choose Your Own Device" (CYOD) program for employees in the coming year, citing that "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) programs are both difficult to manage and to secure.

Despite these issues, the majority of enterprise organizations plan to increase their mobility spending over the next year, with a heavy emphasis on purchasing mobile devices for employees, as well as application and content security solutions. "There is a high level of satisfaction among enterprise IT decision makers in regards to mobilization efforts, with office-based knowledge workers being the prime beneficiaries of strategic mobile deployments," said Bryan Bassett, research analyst, Mobile Enterprise: Device Solutions at IDC.

Worker productivity is a key driver
Denise Lund, research director, Mobile Enterprise at IDC agrees, adding that "more often than not mobile application deployment in the enterprise has either met or exceeded expectations, with worker productivity being a key driver."