Gartner: More than 90 percent of enterprises will support corporate apps on personal devices next year

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By next year, more than 90 percent of enterprises will support corporate applications on a variety of personal devices, predicts research firm Gartner.

These personal devices include laptops, tablets and mobile phones, as well as hybrid devices, according to Gartner.

At least 60 percent of information workers will access content applications using a mobile device by 2015. This will be driven by the increasing use of mobile video for work, the research firm noted.

Enterprises should develop strategies to support video on mobile devices in order to engage mobile workers, Gartner recommends. This includes planning for adaptive delivery of content that enables variable bandwidth and time-shifted consumption, because employees who rely on mobile devices will not always have sufficient access to network resources to consume live video.

"By the end of 2016, we expect 50 percent of content and collaboration initiatives will fail because of low levels of engagement with the information workers directly affected by them. There will be many aspects to this, including a failure to respect the importance of preferred devices for business consumers. Even though mobile devices represent an inconvenient way to deliver video in many respects, they must be part of any enterprise video strategy," said Whit Andrews, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner.

Andrews advised enterprises to select vendors that support all video formats and mobile operating systems required by employees.

"Enterprises have mainly relied on their enterprise video content management vendors to supply reliable facilities for managing video content in a way that results in interoperability. Large-scale transcoding is beyond most companies and governments without vendor support, and we expect to see more adoption of cloud transcoding to accommodate scale. Use of a video player alleviates some challenges, but players are not popular in all situations for architectural reasons. Nor are standards to be expected to solve everything for a majority of users in the short term," concluded Andrews.

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