Some 67% of UK businesses are planning to issue their employees with mobile devices to use for work purposes this year, according to the annual IT priorities survey among IT managers conducted by Computer Weekly and TechTarget. The survey also found that 37% of IT managers intend to devise a mobility strategy for their enterprise this year.
It is interesting to note, however, that of those who said they won't be buying mobile devices for their employees, 40% said that was because they have already taken care of enabling mobility at the workplace. Also, as Rob Bamforth, analyst at Quocirca, commented, many businesses are weighing up not just bring-your-own-device, but also the corporate-owned personally-enabled (COPE) alternative.
Back to the figures, 40% of respondents in the survey said that smartphones are at the top of their priority list for 2014, with 39% combining personal choice of device with the company paying for it. Another 17% said they would be allowing employees to use their personal mobile devices for work purposes, granting them access to e-mail and various other simple tasks that can be performed from the device.
Still, just 30% of respondents said they were developing a mobile device management (MDM) system this year, something that is an integral part of a mobility strategy for the enterprise. MDM organises the security of the devices that are used across the organisation, protecting data and applications, Bamforth explained, adding that IT is now more about apps and data than about the devices themselves.
Mike Thorpe | Director