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UK Networkers should gear up for mobility implementations in 2012

Joe Fernandez, News Editor

Companies are rethinking legacy tools to take advantage of what users get from having access to data and applications across all kinds of devices, according to TechTarget’s 2012 IT Priorities Survey.

Of the 225 UK users TechTarget surveyed in November and December 2011 online around their priorities for the New Year, over 70% said they would be implementing mobility initiatives in 2012 to deal with the increasing consumerisation of IT, such as the rise of Bring Your Own Device schemes.

Which of these mobility initiatives will your company implement in 2012?

 

Value

Percent %

Smartphones

28.9%

Tablet PCs

30.3%

Mobile device management

21.1%

Mobile security

26.1%

Mobile enhancement of corporate data/applications

16.9%

Mobile virtualisation

5.6%

None of the above

23.9%

Don't know

7.7%

The introduction of company-enabled smartphones and tablet PCs dominated the initiatives likely to be implemented with almost 60% of the users surveyed combined.  Both were considered a medium priority for enterprises.

As smartphones and tablets proliferate in the enterprise, IT professionals are under pressure to implement enterprise mobile device management (MDM) systems that can protect enterprise handsets from potential attacks.

Ultimately, organisations aim to support corporate email and other applications on consumer products, such as iPhone, iPad and Android devices, but they face tough decisions when it comes to choosing an MDM solution.

MDM software secures, monitors and manages an array of personal and enterprise-issued mobile devices.  It also supports over-the-air distribution of applications, data and configuration settings.

TechTarget survey respondents made mobile security and MDM software their next most important priorities with a combined 47% of users saying they would be looking to implement the technology. Of these, 58% of users said MDM was a medium priority while mobile security was made a high priority by 45.9% of users and medium by 40.5%.

The need for enterprise MDM is evident. According to software company G Data’s malware report on current online threats, Android devices are now being targeted as they continue to grow in popularity. Cyber criminals are increasingly using these mobile devices to spread malware code, and the number of smartphones and tablets suffering from mobile malware increased by 273% in the first half of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010.

Mobile enhancement and virtualisation both had the least responses for implementing in 2012, but were deemed medium priorities by those who were implementing it.


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