According to research firm Telsyte, 24% of Australian enterprises with more than 20 staff already have a dedicated mobility manager, and with 84% of organisations having some staff who regularly performing their job outside a remote location, the need for mobile application enablement is only going to increase.
Telsyte Senior Analyst Rodney Gedda says “There is a perception mobility is a market with diminishing value, however, CIOs are telling us mobile strategy is shifting away from devices to multi-platform and application management making the value of business mobility exhibit strong growth.
Telsyte’s research reveals that more than 80% of organisations continue to buy mobile devices for staff, however, a combination of BYOD and CYOD (choose your own device) is now an option for people in more than 70% of organisations.
And, he notes that Australian CIOs are also seeing more value in approved mobile application catalogues which are gaining favour over open BYOA tolerance.
“More than a third of businesses do not allow BYOA, which has remained steady, however, more organisations are providing app catalogues which can be reviewed for integration with the overall IT environment.”
According to Telsyte, popular BYOA software used for business include data backups and storage (Dropbox, iCloud), calendaring; collaboration (GoToMeeting, WebEx), voice communications (Skype), project and task management (Remember the Milk), productivity (Pages, QuickOffice Pro), multimedia and note taking (Evernote).
The research also says the uptake of mobile device management continues to grow strongly with Telsyte forecasting 75% penetration among Australian enterprises by 2019.
“With most MDM implementations on-premises there is a big opportunity for managed service and cloud providers to offer on-demand device and application management,” Gedda says.