Mobile Management: A Potential Goldmine for the Channel

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1 - Statement Best Describing Enterprise MobilityWhat Statement Best Describes Enterprise Mobility?

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.

2 - Mobile Strategy's Importance to the BusinessHow Important Mobile Strategy Is to the Business

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.

3 - Organizations With a Formal Mobile StrategyOrganizations With a Formal Mobile Strategy

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%.

4 - Mobile Strategy's Importance to the BusinessMobile Strategy’s Importance to the Business

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%.

5 - Respondents Cited Top PrioritiesRespondents Cited Top Priorities

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%.

6 - Additional PrioritiesAdditional Priorities

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%.

7 - Extent Respondents Said They Enable Mobile ComputingExtent Respondents Said They Enable Mobile Computing

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.

8 - Degree Mobile Will Provide a Competitive EdgeDegree Mobile Will Provide a Competitive Edge

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%.

9 - Mobile's Business BenefitsMobile’s Business Benefits

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%.

10 - Do You Allow BYOD?Do You Allow BYOD?

Most are already well down this path: currently and looking to encourage, 71%; still evaluating, 11%; never, 12%.

11 - Top Mobile App ConcernsTop Mobile App Concerns

Mobile introduces many challenges that need addressing: maintaining data privacy mandates, 46%; managing access control, 45%; IT departments losing control, 45%; security, 44%.

12 - What Mobile Platforms Do You Now, or Plan to, Support?What Mobile Platforms Do You Now, or Plan to, Support?

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%.

13 - Top Mobile Technologies Supported or PlannedTop Mobile Technologies Supported or Planned

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%.

Michael Vizard
Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight, Channel Insider and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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