IDC survey finds mobility a catalyst of positive change and challenge in the enterprise


Sep 1, 2016

01 Sep 2016

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., September 1, 2016 – 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. 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 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.

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.

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."

On September 8th, Bassett and Lund will lead a complimentary IDC Web conference sharing results from the IDC 2016 Mobile Enterprise Devices, Security, Services and Solutions Survey and examining the leading strategic trends in enterprise mobility. To register for the Web conference, please go to:

The IDC 2016 Mobile Enterprise Devices, Security, Services and Solutions Survey reached 700+ U.S. IT decision makers in enterprises with 100+ employees.

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