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Mobility a catalyst for positive change

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With mobility increasingly shaping business strategies, 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 optimise the balance between mobile device and application management, security, and facilitation of new mobile application deployments. Disparate and integrated mobile technology choices abound, mirroring the varied deployment schemes seen in enterprises today, according to a recent survey of Enterprise IT decision-makers in the US by IDC.
Seventy-six percent of the largest enterprises see the value of using 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.
Research shows that 74% of enterprise organisations in the US either already offer, or plan to offer a “Choose Your Own Device” (CYOD) programme 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, 65% of enterprise organisations plan to increase their mobility spending over the next year, with a heavy emphasis on purchasing mobile devices for employees, as well as application security and content security solutions.
“Cost savings and security risk mitigation are the biggest drivers of mobile device deployment strategies,” says Bryan Bassett, research analyst, Mobile Enterprise: Device Solutions at IDC. “But with 48% of enterprises not seeing improvement in their BYOD cost savings and 30% citing security problems with mobile app deployments, IT management must inspect strategies for improvements.”
Denise Lund, research director, Mobile Enterprise at IDC adds: “In the largest enterprises, 76% indicate that their mobile application deployments have met or exceeded expectations. There are clearly some positive lessons to be learned.”