IT spend on mobility to grow 15%, security and privacy top concerns

PTI Posted online: Sunday, Dec 08, 2013 at 0000 hrs
Bangalore : With more organisations embracing mobility solutions that allow employees to work on the go, the share of IT spending on mobility by Indian companies is expected to rise by 15 per cent over three years, a report by global IT major CA Technologies says.

According to the study, 41 per cent respondents from India said they have had to rethink their IT strategy as mobility changes the way the business operates, especially as concerns over security and privacy of enterprise data escalates.

The study, titled 'TechInsights Report: Enterprise Mobility┐ It's All About the Apps' was conducted by Vanson Bourne covering 1,300 senior IT leaders in financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, public sector and telecommunications in 21 countries.

Nearly 85 per cent of the respondents in India said they either have a strategy already or plan to do so within 12 months, compared to 95 per cent in China, 60 per cent in Singapore and 49 per cent in Japan.

Companies said they have experienced 21 per cent to 31 per cent improvement in business in the form of increased revenue, faster time-to-market, improved competitive positioning, enhanced customer experience, better employee productivity and lower costs.

"Today, CIOs are under enormous pressures to address the rapid pace of technology change and evolution. Mobility has dramatically elevated the complexity of what is needed both for internal users and customer-facing systems," CA Technologies Vice President (Solution Strategy - APJ) Vic Mankotia told PTI.

Mobile security is crucial and unless companies adopt an effective and integrated mobile device management technology, the mobile devices quickly become mobile paperweights, he added.

"The potential of not complying with key regulations, inadvertent dissemination of corporate information, or negatively impacting brand reputation because of a poor mobile application shopping experience, are few examples of risks faced by organisations that do not have an enterprise-wide mobility strategy," Mankotia said.

The study found that the proportion of IT spending on mobility by Indian organisations will increase by 15 per cent over three years.

Also, the proportion of expenditure on mobility outside of IT will also grow by 11 per cent over three years, indicating that IT departments need to prepare for not only for more mobility work in general, but also for inter-departmental mobility projects.

The study found that enterprise mobility deployment has moved beyond supporting Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and CIOs are now focusing on specific strategies for balanced servicing of customer, IT and employee needs. (MORE) PTI SR RNK KSR STS

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