There are two key objectives every business must undertake when developing a successful mobile enterprise strategy. First, entrust their employees with the correct mobile device. Then, provide access to critical business solutions and applications via the cloud.
Mobile devices have evolved to become the single most important tool used by the enterprise workforce. Smartphone penetration is close to reaching 100% within enterprises, and laptop and tablet penetration are gaining traction.
In total, the research revealed 89% of the enterprises use a smartphone, 68% use a laptop, and 60% use a tablet. Almost every enterprise (97%) provide at least a smartphone, tablet or laptop to their employees, and 14% provide all three devices. On average, just under two-thirds of businesses now have a defined mobile enterprise strategy.
A breakdown of the research results of the enterprises reveals that medium enterprises are most likely to provide employees with a smartphone, medium and large enterprises are most likely to provide employees with a tablet, while large enterprises are most likely to provide their employees with a laptop.
As business leaders look to drive down costs and drive efficiencies throughout their company, this has resulted in an acceleration of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) across all enterprises in the last 24 months, to such an extent that 88% of the enterprises now operate a BYOD policy.
While BYOD has historically been linked to the use of mobile phones, it now incorporates both tablets and laptops as well. The research shows that a total of 35% of employees use their own smartphone in the workplace, 34% use their own tablet, and 9% use their own laptop. This data would tend to indicate that laptops will be the next mobile device to be adopted as part of the BYOD initiative as enterprises look to further drive down costs.
BYOD remains a cost-driven initiative throughout enterprises, with 41% of businesses citing the need to reduce costs as the primary driver for adopting the strategy.
The migration to BYOD to utilize the cloud-based application opportunity has also gained momentum, and highlights the growing awareness of the cloud and its associated benefits throughout enterprises. Of the 16% of enterprises that have migrated to BYOD in order to utilize the cloud-based application opportunity, the majority have done so in the last 24 months.
Cost reductions have been – and remain – the main priority behind BYOD for businesses of all sizes, but an app- and service-oriented motivation for BYOD has experienced a four- fold increase among enterprises and will continue to grow as more embrace their mobile strategy and migrate toward becoming mobile first.
The mobile workforce requires access to business solutions and data that will allow for, and ease, the fulfilment of their job function. And as mobility continues to grip enterprises, so will the reliance on cloud-based architectures to deliver these business solutions increases in tandem.
The research shows a total of 89% of enterprises believe the cloud is important to their business, with 32% saying it has increasing importance, and 57% stating it is important or very important. This is in contrast to the 44% of employees who recognize the importance of the cloud and thereby indicates that employees place less importance on the cloud than their employers.
Similarly, 52% of mobile network operators believe the cloud is important or very important to their business, yet more recognized the value the cloud delivers to their enterprise customers with 58% saying the cloud is important or very important to their enterprise customers.
A total of 79% of businesses across the enterprise have migrated a minimum of 21% of their IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud. In fact, almost two-thirds of enterprises have migrated between 21-60%, as they look to capitalize on the cost reductions provided by a virtualization and software-based model.
Large enterprises have been the most active, with 59% migrating more than 40% of their IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud, compared to 47% of medium enterprises, and 35% of small enterprises.
Just 16% of large enterprises are yet to migrate 0-20% of their IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud, compared to 30% of small enterprises and 22% of medium enterprises. This again emphasizes the slow migration to the cloud by SMEs.
The research reveals that small enterprises that have completed the migration of at least 20% of IT infrastructure and applications to the cloud will maintain the rate of migration during 2016. However, 29% will still not have completed between 0-20% of their migration by the end of 2016 compared to 13% of large enterprises and 16% of medium enterprises.
Large enterprises have undoubtedly moved more swiftly to utilize the cloud opportunity, and small enterprises the slowest. However, the research data suggests that the benefits of the cloud are now gradually filtering down throughout the SME community as they look to embrace available technology to boost productivity and associated efficiency gains, and enjoy cost reductions.
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