Enterprise Mobile Devices to Rise by 56% Between 2008 and 2014, Boosted by Increased Usage of Mobile Broadband, According to Juniper Research

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New research has confirmed that the 'Unwired Enterprise' is becoming a reality with more businesses allowing employees to 'go mobile'. Many enterprises are seeing the benefits of cost reductions and increased profitability won via efficiency and productivity improvements.

New research has confirmed that the 'Unwired Enterprise' is becoming a reality with more businesses allowing employees to 'go mobile'. Many enterprises are seeing the benefits of cost reductions and increased profitability won via efficiency and productivity improvements.

Hurdles Remain
The mobile enterprise report found however that despite compelling arguments for mobilising business processes, numerous hurdles still remain in persuading significant numbers of businesses to become 'unwired'. Specific barriers to adoption include: limited functionality resulting from the small size and form of devices, problems in adapting applications for mobiles while not compromising on usability, and the thorny issue of ensuring device security.

Device Management & Security:
Indeed, report author Andrew Kitson believes that device management and security are critical issues that businesses need to address when going mobile: "Enterprises need to be assured of total control over the devices their employees use. To do this, they need to limit the types and numbers of devices connecting to their networks, deactivate or restrict devices that are lost or stolen, minimising functionality and access, and employing user authentication, content encryption, and other security solutions as appropriate. There are upfront cost issues involved, but the greater cost lies in compromising on security features."

Other findings from the mobile enterprise report include:

  •     Enterprise-grade applications and services require advanced devices and rely on high-capacity networks: the proportion of devices connected to 3.5G/3.9G networks will rise from 13% in 2008 to almost 80% in 2014
  •     Usage of wireless dongles is losing ground to usage of plug-in datacards and devices with embedded wireless modems and will peak in 2010/2011

Whitepaper, 'Mobilising the Enterprise' and further details of the study 'Future Mobile Enterprise: Forecasts, Markets & Devices 2009-2014' can be freely downloaded from http://www.juniperresearch.com . Alternatively, please contact John Levett at john.levett (at) juniperresearch (dot) com, telephone +44 (0)1256 830002.

Juniper Research provides research and analytical services to the global hi-tech communications sector, providing consultancy, analyst reports, and industry commentary.

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