Middleware firms drag feet on mobile platform strategies, says report

Majority of firms have no BYOD policy in place, finds Current Analysis survey

The majority of traditional middleware providers such as IBM (NYSE: IBM), Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL), VMware, SAP and Red Hat have taken most of this year to develop mobile platform strategies, with integrated offerings not expected until 2013, according to a report on BYOD trends by Current Analysis.

"As a result, most enterprises venturing into mobile app development are having to rely on home-grown platforms or have begun to adopt bits of mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) technology alongside home-grown solutions," the report noted.

This has opened up an opportunity for MEAP providers, although they are having trouble exploiting this opportunity because of slow name recognition among enterprise developers. Most of these firms are making their way into the enterprise through a bottom-up approach, the report noted.

According to a survey of IT Connection, the research firm's enterprise and IT user community, enterprises would be most motivated to move from home-grown mobile apps to commercial MEAP products if providers could improve ease of use for mobile app development. These same users report that MEAP complexity is what has prevented them from adopting MEAP solutions in the first place.

Also, the survey found that enterprises are increasingly turning to external service vendors to handle their mobile deployment,.

36 percent said that they are using IT service providers as their external service vendor, and 66 percent said they were using operators. Asked which IT service provider or mobile operator they were using for any aspect of their mobile deployment aside from connectivity, a full 27 percent said they were using AT&T (NYSE: T) for their mobile deployment, followed by Verizon (NYSE: VZ) at 18 percent.

In addition, the IT Connection survey found that a majority of respondents do not have a BYOD policy in place. "Enterprise IT by and large has not caught up with the need to establish policies for mobile device access that are separate from existing corporate owned PC or laptop policies," the report noted.

One of the troubling aspects of this report is the finding that a majority of firms lack a BYOD policy at this stage of the game. These firms are asking for trouble, both in terms of increased security risks and overwhelmed IT departments.

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