A new report, entitiled ‘The Global State of Enterprise Mobility: 2016’ published by Enterprise Mobility Exchange, reveals that organisations have invested most in mobile applications development over the last year.
The third annual report of its kind surveyed 300 senior mobile practitioners around the world and reveals the current state of enterprise mobility. In terms of investment in the last 12-18 months, 60.8 per cent of respondents stated mobile applications development as their main focus, followed by mobile and enterprise security (44.6 per cent), mobile connectivity (44.6 per cent), mobile device management (43.8 per cent), and BYOD (36.2 per cent).
Most organisations, 28.5 per cent of respondents, are currently in ‘Phase 2’ of their mobility project, says the report, followed by 24.6 in ‘Early implementation’ and 20.8 per cent who were still ‘Scoping solutions’. The fastest growing phase was that of early implementation, up 35 per cent on the previous year.
The main reasons cited for investment were increased productivity (74.6 per cent), improved customer service (63.8 per cent), improved operational efficiency (60.8 per cent), and to reduce costs (39.2 per cent).
The biggest challenges encountered when implementing enterprise mobility projects were integration with legacy systems (47.7 per cent), gaining stakeholder buy-in (38.5 per cent), change management (38.5 per cent) and budget limitations (33.1 per cent).
The most common budget size for the next 12-18 months was $250,000–$500,000 chosen by 29.1 per cent of respondents, however, investments of over $1.5 million would be seen in a quarter of organisations, followed closely by $0–$250,000.
In terms of where investment would be spent in the next year or so, the main focus was again mobile application development (50.4 per cent) and security (38.8 per cent). However, the growing importance of the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) was reflected by the fact that just over one-third (33.9 per cent) would be focusing on cloud computing, while 30.6 per cent of organisations will be investing in the IoT over the next 12-18 months..Increased productivity was the main aim of the majority of respondents (69.4 per cent), followed by improved customer service (57.9 per cent) and operational efficiency (53.7 per cent) and reduced costs (45.5 per cent). The main potential obstacle was expected to be budget limitations, stated by 46.3 per cent of respondents.
When asked what factors they considered most important when choosing a mobility solution provider, two thirds (66.1 per cent) expected their chosen provider to match their long-term mobility strategy, followed by ease of integration (58.7 per cent), within budget (50.4 per cent) and ease of use of the solution (45.5 per cent).
“In keeping with the past two years’ investment trends, mobile applications are the dominant solution within the market. Despite difficulties adapting dated legacy systems and convincing senior decision makers to embrace the changes mobility introduces to an organisation, we have noticed notable increase in budgetary allocations for mobile solutions, as well as in the average deal sizes for solution providers, compared to 2015,” said Mihaela Biti, Programme Director at Enterprise Mobility Exchange.