One in three companies in at least second phase of mobility rollout, according to report
More than a third of professionals have stated they are at least in the second phase of their mobility journey, according to the latest industry research.
The report, released earlier this month by the Enterprise Mobility Exchange as a second iteration, shows a natural upturn in respondents’ mobility rollouts, yet the researchers see the results as a little sluggish given enterprise mobility is seen as an essential competitive differentiator.
Around a quarter (23.2%) of those polled said they were currently at stage two of their mobility journey, with 12.5% a stage further. Early implementation, the most popular response last year, polled only 16.1% of the vote this time round, alongside those who were currently running pilo9t projects (16.1%).
By far the most popular solution firms have invested in over the past 18 months is mobile applications (62.5%), ahead of mobile device management, mobile and enterprise security (both 33.9%), and cloud computing (32.1%). Note that for the study mobile app management, which polled 30% of the vote, is kept separate from applications overall.
The results also take a look at how companies choose their mobility solutions provider, and argue firms are doing their due diligence before diving in. More than half (52.1%) of respondents said they chose a vendor based on how they fit in with their long term mobility strategy, while ease of use and ease of integration (47.9%) were also popular choices.
The majority (47.9%) of those polled said they learned about companies through business conferences. Not one respondent said they were swayed by a sales call, with only 2.1% finding out about vendors through marketing campaigns.
2015 promises to be an exciting year for enterprise mobility, with the report citing mobile backends, and particularly REST and JSON APIs, as the key technological shift next year.
“With the back end systems of most enterprises unable to speak the languages of mobile devices, let alone support their performance and scalability requirements, upgrading these on-premises systems or moving them to the cloud represents another large investment companies will be making,” said Rob Tiffany, IoT and enterprise mobility global technology lead at Microsoft.
You can take a look at the full report here.