European firms see mobile apps investment as priority

Investment in mobile applications is increasing in priority for IT execs at Western European enterprises, while investment in BYOD is declining as a priority, according to an annual survey of Western European IT execs by CIONET.

Investment in mobile applications was ranked in the top ten applications and technology investment priorities for Western European enterprises in 2013, up from 37th place in 2012. But investment in BYOD declined from eighth place on the priority list in 2012 to 12th place in 2013.

For the 2013 survey, CIONET polled 406 IT execs from Western European enterprises.

As Barcelona prepares to host the annual World Mobile Congress at the end of this month, Spain ranked investment in mobile applications as the highest in importance among the Western European countries examined. IT investment in mobile apps was ranked third in importance behind analytics/business intelligence and cloud computing.

This compares with the Netherlands, where investment in mobile applications ranked sixth; Italy, seventh; France, ninth; the UK, 11th and Germany, 21st. For BYOD, the Netherlands topped the list, ranking BYOD investment as the ninth highest IT spending priority, while the UK was in last place, ranking BYOD investment as 24th.

Application development, which includes both fixed and mobile, was ranked as the fifth highest investment priority in 2013 by Western European firms, down from third place in 2012.

The "growth of cloud, social media, business analytics and 'app development' supporting smart/mobile devices are indicative" of the trends toward decentralization of control and greater connectivity in Western European enterprises, the report observes.

For more:
- check out the CIONET report

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