We read a lot these days about the emergency of the “mobile enterprise” and the “virtual workplace.” Given the pace of industry adoption of mobility solutions, particularly mobile apps, and the virtualization of nearly “E”verything, the trends are undeniable. However, the questions that arise for both, and specifically for mobile, that inquiring minds want to know relate to the basics, i.e., who, what, where, why and when.
To try and quantify the speed at which mobility is transforming enterprises, and to gain some granularity about what is going on, CIO Strategic Marketing Services and Triangle Publishing Services, sponsored by Oracle, are out with a new global survey titled, "The Connected Enterprise: Keeping Pace with Mobile Development." It reveals that not only are enterprises committed to mobility today, but the rate of development, deployment and spending for support of mobile applications and devices is expected to increase dramatically over the next few years.
What the survey also found was that despite the attraction of going mobile, IT executives have increasing concerns about mobile security and integration with back-end systems.
Keeping up is a challenge
As the authors note, enterprises today are under the dual pressures of satisfying the needs of internal stakeholders to increase productivity, while also serving external customers to increase engagement. They also are under pressure to ensure that as mobility proliferation exponentially increases the vectors of vulnerability they must at a minimum keep up with the bad guys. And, as IT struggles to keep pace with the rapid rate of mobile application development along with the security and back-end systems integration issues, the goals and strategic use of mobility continues to evolve.
The Survey Says!
Here are a few highlights from the survey which was conducted with 414 IT management executives from around the world, including CIOs, CTOs, senior vice presidents or vice presidents; directors or managers of IT; and, senior IT professionals.
“Mobility has been ubiquitous for a while but only 10 percent (according to research by CIO Magazine) of enterprises have an enterprise wide deployment of mobile. Its impact and adoption are gaining importance today. This survey is reassuring in that enterprises see potential for great payoff from making a strong mobile commitment. They are recognizing that mobile applications provide a new way to develop and maintain relationships with customers," said Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, Mobile Strategy & Product Management, Oracle. "Oracle's mobile solutions allow organizations to develop, connect and secure their own mobile applications. Our comprehensive mobile strategy simplifies enterprise mobility for any organization."
While there is a lot to consider in the survey results, the finding that stood out for me as an indicator of what is going on in the mobile apps business is the one below.
As might be expected, and one can look no further than the want ads of companies looking for DevOps talent, while the mix of organic versus other apps looks to remain rather steady over the next two years, the percentage that already is being done internally speaks volumes about the desirability of your people customizing something for your use and vouching for its security and integration capabilities.
While this is a projection based on the views of those on the front lines, it will be interesting to see a year from now if these numbers hold. If the concerns about security and back-end integration expressed in the other finds of the survey are to believed, and the speed at which all of this is transforming the role of IT in many enterprise, it would not be surprising to see that internal number jump quite a bit.
The survey authors have some words of advice in their conclusions that are great food for thought:
“Most of all, the survey tells us that enterprises focused on tomorrow are learning these lessons from today:
Forward-thinking organizations that do their homework, spend time understanding the needs of their customers and stakeholders, and thoughtfully select a strategy and architecture that is both flexible and agile—they are the ones that will be rewarded with an advantage over their competition.”
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