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The State of Enterprise Mobility Software in 2015

What are the biggest roadblocks to properly deploying  enterprise mobility software? What do companies expect to gain from their mobile strategy? What mobile solutions will companies invest in over the next 12 to 18 months? You'll find answers to all that and more in the report, "The Global State of Enterprise Mobility 2014/2015," sponsored by the Enterprise Mobility Exchange.

The report found that when it comes to the enterprise mobility software solutions that corporations invest in, mobile apps are the most common --- 62.5% respondents say they've invested in them over the last 12 to 18 months, well ahead of the 33.9% that say they've invested in mobile device management and in mobile enterprise security, the 32.1% that say they invested in cloud computing, and the 30.4% that say they invested in mobile application management.

Why are companies investing in mobile? Primarily they hope to increase productivity. That's what 67.9% of respondents said, which is well above the 50% who said they invested in order to to improve operational efficiency. As for the biggest challenges to implementing mobile solutions, several issues stand out. The biggest problem is integrating with legacy systems, according to 37.5% of respondents. Next came securing stakeholder buy-in, say 33.9%, followed by alignment with different technology providers, according to 32.1% Surprisingly, budget was not a major issue, with only 23.2% saying it was a serious problem.

Measuring Tangible Benefits of Enterprise Mobility Software

What tangible benefits have enterprises reaped from mobile? There was a precise tie between the two top benefits — 33.9% of people said improvements in the time spent on tasks in the enterprise was a main benefit, and the same percentage of people said the gaining a competitive advantage was a main benefit. Not far behind was time spent on tasks for field services, which was cited by 30.4% of respondents, and customer loyalty and retention, cited by 28.6%.

When it comes to what mobile solutions enterprises plan to invest in over the next 12 to 18 months, mobile apps was the most commonly cited, by 52.1% of respondents. That was followed by mobile device management and mobile and enterprise security, both cited by 29.2% of respondents. Enterprise mobile management was cited by 22.9% of respondents, and mobile application management by 20.8%.

For more details, you can get the full report here.

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Dion McCormick
Dion McCormick

Dion McCormick, Lead Solutions Engineer at Alpha Software, is a recognized expert on agile application development. He helps enterprise development teams around the world transition from slow legacy approaches to high-performance mobile, web, and desktop development using the Alpha Anywhere platform.

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