Why Enterprise Strategies Must Drive Mobility

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 12-20-2013 Email Print this article Print

The mobile revolution is now arguably in its third decade (if one counts the 2G network first launched in Finland in 1991 as comprising the starting point.) Since then, a dizzying blitz of innovative changes have shaped what we now know as the mobile age, advancing app performance, cloud adoption and other tech initiatives. And with bring your own device (BYOD) acceptance only getting stronger, it's critical for organizations to incorporate enterprisewide thinking in terms of their mobile strategies, according to a recent survey from CA Technologies. That's because piecemealed, siloed efforts will only inspire confusion and frustration as concerns mount over security and privacy, multiple platform support, budget constraints, and a lack of appropriately skilled personnel. "CIOs are under enormous pressure to address the rapid pace of technology change and evolution," says Ram Varadarajan, general manager of new business innovation for CA Technologies. "Mobility has dramatically elevated the complexity of what is needed both for internal users and customers." An estimated 1,300 global senior IT decision-makers took part in the research. For more about the survey, click here

  • Game Plan

    38% of organizations have a single, companywide mobile strategy in place, and an additional 40% expect to have one within two years.
    Game Plan
  • A Glaring Shortcoming

    34% of organizations without a companywide mobility strategy say they could be doing more with mobility.
    A Glaring Shortcoming
  • Solid Growth Curve

    Mobility is expected to account for 18% of a company's overall IT spend in three years, up from 12% today.
    Solid Growth Curve
  • Top Demand Drivers for Mobility Projects

    Increase of customers using mobile devices: 42%, Wealth of employees accessing internal infrastructure via mobile: 39%, Need to increase security of mobile access to critical data and apps: 39%
    Top Demand Drivers for Mobility Projects
  • Money Moves

    34% of organizations are realigning budgets and/or shifting funding to accommodate mobile initiatives.
    Money Moves
  • Better Interactions

    32% are changing the way in which IT interacts with other departments to support mobile adoption.
    Better Interactions
  • Talent Hunt For Mobile Minds

    20% are hiring new employees who understand mobile platforms.
    Talent Hunt For Mobile Minds
  • Top Mobility Challenges

    Security and privacy: 33%, Insufficient budget for initiatives: 30%, Inability to simultaneously develop apps throughout different platforms: 27%, Lack of in-house mobile-development talent: 24%, Lack of support from all relevant departments within the organization: 24%
    Top Mobility Challenges
  • Best Practices for Mobility: Establish an Enterprisewide Strategy

    Because of the disruptive nature of modern trends, enterprises can't compete with a one-off, siloed approach.
    Best Practices for Mobility: Establish an Enterprisewide Strategy
  • Best Practices for Mobility: Take Internal Inventory

    Cull input from experts throughout IT domains who can evaluate the tools, tech and talent that are already in place to make mobility work, and what's still needed.
    Best Practices for Mobility: Take Internal Inventory
  • Best Practices for Mobility: Cultivate a Collaborative Environment

    Adopt DevOps principles to break down cultural barriers which can hinder mobility efforts.
    Best Practices for Mobility: Cultivate a Collaborative Environment
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.


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