25% of businesses rate mobility as their top priority in 2012, according to Frost & Sullivan

Research and consulting firm, Frost and Sullivan, recently surveyed 204 C-level business and IT executives about Enterprise Mobility.  The survey found that a majority of businesses are in favour of a bring your own device (BYOD) policy, with 61% supporting BYOD and the use of personal devices to access corporate systems and information.  The study showed that within this group, 34% of businesses allow BYOD for all employees and offer full support for all devices, with another 27% allowing BYOD for specific departments.

In the report, enterprise mobility ranks high in terms of priority compared to other IT investments.  More than 25% of companies surveyed rated enteprise mobility projects as either their top priority or a very important priority for 2012.

New mobile devices are emerging at such a pace that many companies have struggled to keep pace with the variety of platforms, devices and form factors; meaning that in many cases, personally owned smartphones and tablets are newer and better than devices issued by employers.

“Allowing employees to use a device of their choice to work through supporting a BYOD strategy is advantageous for organisations with benefits such as increased productivity, greater employee retention (achieved through enhanced job satisfaction) and cost savings through lower capital and operating costs. However, security risks are a concern for many organisations in supporting BYOD”, says Audrey Williams of Frost & Sullivan.

56% of the businesses who responded to the Frost & Sullivan survey cited security concerns as being their number one concern with adopting a BYOD and enterprise mobility strategy; while 59% of businesses cite document and content management as being the most important tools to aide mobile productivity.

This is clearly good news for emerging enterprise mobility solution providers, like Azurati, who will be releasing a new secure mobile SharePoint solution, called SharePoint2Go at the end of May that aims to give mobile staff office-level productivity when working on smartphones and tablets.

Azurati has listened to the concerns of customers and leading independent experts, like Frost & Sullivan and other analyst organisations, and has built enterprise security features into the DNA of its enterprise mobility solutions, like two-factor authentication, single sign-on to multiple SharePoint sites, 256-bit encryption and a zero footprint policy, meaning that nothing is left on the device so that information security will not be compromised in the event that the mobile device is lost or misplaced.

To understand more about how Azurati can help you achieve secure multi-device access to core enterprise systems, like Microsoft SharePoint, visit www.azurati.com.


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