Mobile Application Deployment Hampered by Cost, Security Concerns
The majority of respondents said the cost of developing or re-engineering enterprise applications for use on mobile devices is currently too high.Despite a clear understanding of the benefits and drivers from the user community, companies have not mobilized many applications, and a large percentage are delaying full deployment of enterprise apps on mobile devices due to concerns around cost, complexity and security, according to a survey of 300 IT decision makers in the United Kingdom and the United States from enterprise application and data security specialist Mobile Helix. The survey found that there is a range of factors impeding the deployment and adoption of enterprise applications on mobile devices, with 65 percent of CIOs blaming delays on development costs, 63 percent citing security concerns, and just under half (48 percent) worried about increased cost of support and maintenance. "Why aren’t more enterprise apps available on any device? We all want apps and data to be available to employees when they need them using the tools that are available at that time," Matt Bancroft, co-founder and COO for Mobile Helix, said in a statement. "Companies need to bridge app silos in the enterprise and ensure applications work in both fixed and mobile to deliver a seamless converged 'app' experience." In addition, 87 percent of CIOs said their employees want more access to enterprise data and applications on their mobile devices. It also provided evidence that enterprises recognize the efficiency gains that mobile can deliver, with CIOs expecting there would be a 36 percent increase in productivity across the business if key enterprise applications were mobilized.
"Users expect critical data and applications to be available on any device and in any context, both in mobile and fixed environments, in the way that is most familiar and convenient to them," Bancroft continued. "CIOs understand the obvious benefits of empowering employees and making them more productive, yet only a small proportion of enterprise apps and critical data are currently mobilized."