IDC Survey Finds Mobility a Catalyst of Positive Change and Challenge in the Enterprise

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — September 1, 2016 — With mobility increasingly shaping business strategies in the U.S., the rapid adoption of the technology presents IT management with a growing number of complex and persistent challenges. Mobile devices and application usage continues to expand, challenging IT to optimize the balance between mobile device and application management, security, and facilitation of new mobile application deployments. Disparate and integrated mobile technology choices abound, mirroring the varied deployment schemes seen in enterprises today, according to a recent survey of Enterprise IT decision makers in the U.S. by International Data Corporation ( IDC).

Seventy-six percent of the largest enterprises see the value of using third party management in part or all of their enterprise mobility strategies. Yet, security issues and cost overruns persist in a number of enterprise deployments of mobile devices and applications.

Research shows that 74% of enterprise organizations in the U.S. either already offer, or plan to offer a "Choose Your Own Device" (CYOD) program for employees in the coming year, citing that "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) programs are both difficult to manage and to secure.

Despite these issues, 65% of enterprise organizations plan to increase their mobility spending over the next year, with a heavy emphasis on purchasing mobile devices for employees, as well as application security and content security solutions.

"Cost savings and security risk mitigation are the biggest drivers of mobile device deployment strategies," said Bryan Bassett, research analyst, Mobile Enterprise: Device Solutions at IDC. "But with 48% of enterprises not seeing improvement in their BYO cost savings and 30% citing security problems with mobile app deployments, IT management must inspect strategies for improvements."

Denise Lund, research director, Mobile Enterprise at IDC adds that, "In the largest enterprises, 76% indicate that their mobile application deployments have met or exceeded expectations. There are clearly some positive lessons to be learned."

On September 8th, Bassett and Lund will lead a complimentary IDC Web conference sharing results from the IDC 2016 Mobile Enterprise Devices, Security, Services and Solutions Survey and examining the leading strategic trends in enterprise mobility. To register for the Web conference, please go to:

The IDC 2016 Mobile Enterprise Devices, Security, Services and Solutions Survey reached 700+ U.S. IT decision makers in enterprises with 100+ employees.

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