Mobility emerges as top priority for most Indian organisations: Survey

About 71 percent of organisations in India have a mobility policy while only 42 percent have a BYOD policy.

Press Release August 21, 2014 16:44:11 IST
Mobility emerges as top priority for most Indian organisations: Survey

About 71 percent of the organisations in India either have a mobility policy or are currently in the process of drafting one, reveals a survey, called 'India Enterprise Mobility'. Jointly conducted by BlackBerry and CMR, the survey claims that enterprise mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) have gone beyond discussion forums as mobility emerges as a top priority for most organisations.

Selecting the right platform and developing an enterprise-wide mobility strategy emerged as key challenges for implementing a mobility solution, highlighted the survey.

Mobility emerges as top priority for most Indian organisations Survey

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"Telecom expense management, packaged apps for mobile collaboration and MDM - spell out MDM in first reference solutions featured in the three key areas of investment in enterprise mobility for India," the report claims.

Though BYOD is a prevalent trend across sectors, only 42 percent of the organisations surveyed have a BYOD policy in place with the IT/ITeS vertical leading the pack, followed by BFSI & Telecom, and Media & Entertainment.

Across all sectors, data protection followed by device security emerged as the biggest concerns while implementing BYOD policy.

"BYOD policy adoption is at a fairly nascent stage. Of the organisations which have adopted, 25 percent created in last 6 months and 60 percent in last one year; Even the highly regulated BFSI has seen traction in the last 6 months."

More than 20 percent of employees use their personal devices to access work related information on a regular basis in around one-third of organisations.

Top usage refers to email, specific app and calendaring when it comes to company information access.

Back-up, restore and protection of personal data figures high on policy priority, while social media sites are at the top of the restricted list.
Lost devices, maintenance and procurement and security of enterprise data on employee mobile devices are the key concerns with BYOD implementation, the survey finds.

"Security, policy compliance and ability to support multiple mobile platforms are the top three factors taken into consideration by organisations while implementing BYOD."

More than three-fourth of the organisations surveyed remain sceptical about benefits outweighing the risks for BYOD. And, more than half of the organisations are aware of the more flexible and evolved version of BYOD policy like COPE (corporate owned personally enabled); highest awareness levels in IT/ITeS and telecom sectors.

"We believe this report will highlight the disruption taking place in communication across enterprises as it offers compelling insights as well as a future roadmap for the industry at large. Mobility as an enabler for enterprises has become a business imperative and BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to offer end-to-end mobility solutions," said Sunil Lalvani, managing director, BlackBerry India.

MDM, Apps & Cloud highlights:

-- Security compliance and back-up & restore emerged as the top priorities for MDM

-- Email, Sales Force Automation and Social networking for collaboration emerged as the top three enterprise application used

-- One in every eight organisations explores customised enterprise apps for their mobile workforce. Manufacturing and BFSI lead this space.

-- Around 50 percent of the organisations are considering a move to cloud for their mobility requirements, especially in telecom, media and entertainment followed by healthcare vertical.

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