Enterprise Mobility Dominates IT Agenda in 2014

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 01-02-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Enterprise mobility projects will increase domination of the global IT agenda in 2014—and beyond, according to a recent survey from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange. The accompanying report, "The Global State of Enterprise Mobility: A Look to the Past, Present and Future," provides a comprehensive perspective of enterprise mobility, including best practices for acquisition and implementation, which we've included here. Ultimately, with the appropriate buy-in from stakeholders, many CIOs will get approval to make greater investments in applications, devices and mobile device management (MDM). At the same time, however, CIOs and their IT teams must work closely with users to ensure they can get the most out of bring your own device (BYOD) products and apps, while not increasing security risks. (CIOs should also take similar, proactive steps in partnering with third parties who are introduced into the mobile-enterprise landscape.) More than 150 mobile professionals, including IT purchase decision-makers, project managers and solution providers, participated in the research. For more about the survey, click here.

 
 
 
  • A Done Deal

    44% of organizations have already implemented an enterprise mobility project.
    A Done Deal
  • Big Spend

    45% of organizations will spend at least $500,000 on mobility projects over the next 12 to 18 months.
    Big Spend
  • Shopping Spree

    Nearly half will invest in mobile apps, devices and mobile device management (MDM) over the next 12 to 18 months.
    Shopping Spree
  • ROI Drivers

    67% of organizations are seeking increased productivity with their planned mobile investments, while 57% want to improve customer service.
    ROI Drivers
  • Biggest Perceived Barriers to Future Mobile Initiatives

    Budget limitations: 57%, Lack of stakeholder buy-in: 48%, Failure to integrate with legacy systems: 43%, Change-management issues: 33%, Post-implementation training challenges: 19%
    Biggest Perceived Barriers to Future Mobile Initiatives
  • Best Practices: Get It Right the First Time

    Make the budget work so you buy the right mobile tools the first time, to avoid redo's well into your implementation.
    Best Practices: Get It Right the First Time
  • Best Practices: Draw a Timeline, Then Double It

    These projects often take longer than organizations anticipate. Always start small, typically with a pilot, to get a better sense of the time required.
    Best Practices: Draw a Timeline, Then Double It
  • Best Practices: Connect With the Right Vendors

    Early on identify a series of use cases in order to effectively evaluate potential mobile solution providers.
    Best Practices: Connect With the Right Vendors
  • Best Practices: Educate Users

    The more employees are trained about the rise of mobile-based threats, and new techniques from bad hackers, the better prepared they'll be to use devices securely.
    Best Practices: Educate Users
  • Best Practices: Screen Business Partners

    Enterprises that grant access to third parties must conduct appropriate vetting, just as they would with new employees.
    Best Practices: Screen Business Partners
 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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