Mobile computing expectations are definitely starting to rise: 28% freely work on any device from any location; 22% access the corporate network from outside the office; 21% access business apps and edit files from a mobile device.
To one degree or another, mobile computing is a major initiative for most: 24% say mobile can transform our business; 21% say mobile is key to differentiating our company; 17% say mobile can transform our business, but we have competing priorities.
Almost half are still looking to implement a mobile strategy: yes, 47%; no, but plan to in six months, 20%; no, but plan to in one year, 15%; no, but plan to in more than a year, 9%; no plans, 8%.
Almost three-quarters attach a high level of importance: utmost importance, 34%; very important, 37%; important, 19%; not very important, 7%; not at all, 2%.
There’s plenty of work to go around for the channel: increased development of mobile apps, 45%; increased adoption of file-sharing/collaboration, 44%; improving network performance and access, 43%; increased adoption of device management, 42%.
These are also top-of-mind: increase adoption of mobile-application management, 39%; increase migration to SaaS/Web apps, 38%; improve deployment of security software, 37%; high-usage apps get a mobile client, 36%.
Mobile computing in the enterprise is a still a work in progress: 29% fully enable and encourage; 23% allow but only using corporate devices; 17% only allow certain people; 14% allow but don’t encourage; 8% have a policy against it, but allow exceptions.
Well over half think mobile will be key: mobile is the greatest factor, 25%; fairly important, 38%; significant, 24%; not that important, 9%; no competitive edge, 4%.
These were the top reasons to buy into mobile: ability to execute more tasks quickly, 62%; greater flexibility to meet customer needs, 55%; increased employee motivation, 47%; reduction in costs, 46%; increased productivity, 45%; improved business continuity, 45%.
Most are already well down this path: currently and looking to encourage, 71%; still evaluating, 11%; never, 12%.
Mobile introduces many challenges that need addressing: maintaining data privacy mandates, 46%; managing access control, 45%; IT departments losing control, 45%; security, 44%.
Google Android leads by a wide margin, but Windows 8 does surprisingly well: Google Android, 72%; Apple iOS, 54%; Windows 8, 46%; BlackBerry, 35%; Windows Mobile, 32%.
This creates a wealth of mobile computing opportunities for the channel: mobile-device management, 48%; mobile-application management, 47%; application virtualization, 41%; desktop virtualization, 40%.