News Scan: Mobile enterprise apps make headway; Mobile BI to spur BI adoption; more


>> Mobile enterprise apps make headway among IT managers

More than 91 percent of IT managers recently surveyed by Gigaom reported supporting or developing enterprise mobile applications, influencing the development, sales and consumption of enterprise software. At the same time, a majority of enterprise software developers have not adopted a "mobile-first" philosophy as traditional desktop software continues to dominate the enterprise. To tap into the enterprise demand for mobile apps, independent software vendors may need to bypass the CIO and engage a wider range of buyers in the enterprise, judges the Gigaom report. Read more about the Gigaom survey.

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>> Mobile business intelligence will fuel BI adoption

New mobile development and management platforms will expand the range of mobile business intelligence (BI) applications and spur BI adoption in the enterprise next year, predicts Fredrik Tunvall, information management analyst at Ovum. "BI and analytics are finding a new generation of sponsors in otherwise uncharted territory, such as in the office of the CMO, who are looking to make informed decisions based on data and rigid analysis with little involvement of IT. In 2014, this will continue to favor vendors who can cater tools to this new audience with self-service, visually compelling, mobile and sometimes cloud-based solutions," says Tunvall. Read more on Tunvall's BI predictions.

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>> BlackBerry's latest BES 10 beefs up BYOD capabilities

BlackBerry released the latest version of its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) enterprise mobility management platform, which includes a number of new BYOD capabilities. BES 10 version 2 allows IT administrators to manage only the Secure Work Space container on iOS and Android device, which keeps personal data and apps under the employees' control. In addition, IT admins can create activation and app distribution rules for the latest iOS and Android devices without requiring a server upgrade. Read more on the BES 10 upgrades.

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>> Tablet shipments to exceed mobile PC shipments this year

Shipments of tablets will reach 231 million units this year, compared to 186 million units for shipments of mobile PCs, which includes notebooks and laptops, according to the latest stats from Strategy Analytics. Apple, Google and Microsoft are in a three way battle to lead the mobile computing device (MCD) market, with Google gaining 40 percent of MCD shipments by 2017, the research firm predicts. Read more on Strategy Analytics' data.

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>> Mobile gambling users to reach 164 million by 2018

The number of mobile gambling users is expected to reach 164 million by 2018, up from 64 million this year, predicts Juniper Research. The U.S. market is expected to take off next year as more states enact laws allowing remote gambling. "Mobile can frequently provide a more immersive and convenient gambling experience than a desktop PC or laptop. As a result of this, gambling operators have been required to shift the nature of their organization away from 'legacy' services such as telephone betting towards becoming a more mobile-oriented company, with the aim of achieving over half of their online revenues from mobile in the next 1-3 years," comments Juniper analyst Siân Rowlands. Read more on Juniper's stats.

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