Mobility projects get green light in 2014

Mobile device acquisition, implementation and management are front and center in the attention of organizations

Whatever else 2014 shapes up to be, it should be a good year for mobile initiatives. That is the word from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange, which recently published its report "The Global State of Enterprise Mobility: A Look to the Past, Present and Future."

Mobile device acquisition, implementation and management are now primary focal points for nearly all organizations, and mobile initiatives are still on top of the to-do list for most in 2014. The report finds that budget restrictions are the primary obstacle, which is driving increased interest in the cloud.

"Since all of this is still considered relatively 'brave new world' territory for most companies, the report encourages IT professionals to take small steps first with pilot projects," Baseline magazine notes.

According to the report:

- 44 percent of organizations have already implemented a mobility project

- Top mobile investments are for mobile apps (44 percent), mobile devices (40 percent), mobile device management (32 percent), ruggedized devices (32 percent) and mobile business intelligence/analytics (24 percent)

- Organizations are investing in mobile seeking increased productivity (72 percent), improved customer service (56 percent), enhanced operational efficiency (48 percent), reduced costs (32 percent) and streamlined operations (32 percent)

- The greatest challenges to mobile implementation are change management (40 percent), integration with legacy systems (36 percent) and budget limitations

The report also notes that the cloud will emerge as the number one option for controlling mobility costs, while transforming the development and deployment of mobile tech and data storage.

For more:
- read the Baseline article
- check out the report (reg. req.)

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