Experience-based mobility: Let’s get real

Wednesday, Apr 16

Mobile access to mission-critical applications is lagging in the enterprise


By Susan Nunziata

While there’s much discussion in IT executive circles about how to accommodate mobility in the enterprise — and particularly the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend — a gap exists between perception and reality. The truth is that few mobile devices, whether they’re brought in by employees or provided by the company, are actually being used for much more than accessing work e-mail. Mobile access to mission-critical applications is still lagging in the enterprise.

A survey of 300 IT decision makers in the U.S. and U.K., conducted in the summer of 2013 by the research firm Vanson Bourne on behalf of the enterprise application and data security vendor Mobile Helix, reveals that very few companies have mobilized core enterprise applications. This is the case despite the fact that 87 percent of the IT executives surveyed said their employees want more access to enterprise data and applications on mobile devices.

On average, respondents to the Vanson Bourne survey had more than 400 applications within their organizations, yet only 22 percent of these can actually be accessed from mobile devices. This is despite the fact that 86 percent of respondents have developed standard web applications, and 53% of respondents’ enterprise applications are browser-based.

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