Survey: Mobile device availability seen as top trend affecting enterprise competitiveness

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The widespread availability of mobile devices in the workplace was identified as the top technology trend influencing the competitiveness of enterprises over the next three years, according to a survey of 474 corporate executives conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of Juniper networks.

A full 31 percent of respondents identified mobile devices as the top technology trend, with a similar percentage identifying collaboration and information sharing through networks as the top technology trend.

Around one-quarter of respondents named mobile devices as the top technology investment for their company over the next year. The survey also found that the respondents did not view IT as having an integral role in developing new products and services.

One in five respondents said that IT is only somewhat prepared or very unprepared to contribute to business growth, according to the survey of corporate executives in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Germany.

Additionally, only a fraction of respondents said their company collaborates with IT on identifying new market opportunities and new innovations, or on developing a competitive strategy.

"We must embrace disruptive technologies such as cloud, mobile and big data that are propelling business growth to create an opportunity for IT to step out of a support function into a more strategic role. Next, we have to technologically enable the business model. By creating new products and services and identifying new market opportunities, IT can truly transform businesses," wrote Bask Iyer, chief information officer of Juniper Networks, in a blog.

For more:
- see  the EIU/Juniper report
- read Iyer's blog

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