Contributed by Neev Technologies on 23 Oct 2012
More than three-quarters of enterprise IT decision makers plan to adopt mobile business apps in the next 12 months, but security, potential loss of data and compliance remain key concerns about business application implementation, according to a survey by IT security and information risk management solutions specialist which studied the use of business applications on mobile devices as trends like bring your own device, or BYOD, gain traction among businesses.
The trend towards mobile devices within the workplace continues to grow, with more than half (58 percent) of the 300 survey respondents saying they expect to adopt personal information management applications, such as email, calendars and contacts in the next 12 months. Collaboration tools, such as Dropbox and SharePoint will be deployed by just over a third (35 percent), according to the survey results, while communication apps, such as Skype, are likely to be adopted by 44 percent, with 39 percent of respondents planning to offer access to internal apps for additional functionality.
The findings also indicated organizations are looking to third parties to develop the next generation of off-the-shelf (40 percent) and custom (37 percent) mobile business applications over the next 12 months. However, 32 percent of businesses said they are planning to develop customized business apps internally.
Despite the potential gains in productivity, flexibility and efficiency offered by mobile business applications, 28 percent of organizations still do not allow them to be downloaded to mobile devices. More than half (54 percent) cited managing security, and 44 percent highlighted data protection and compliance as key concerns about the increasing use of mobile business applications.
Businesses are turning to mobile applications to boost productivity, but IT departments still have concerns over app security and implementation. Are these concerns are only a temporary deterrents in growth of mobile application? Please let us know at comment thread.
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