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IDC Benchmark Study Examines Enterprise Mobile Device Policies

 

July 2 - International Data Corporation has announced a new report, "A Practical Guide to a Mobile Strategy: Results from IDC's Mobile Benchmark Study," designed to address the most pressing questions facing IT executives with regard to their mobile device policies, adoption of tablets and mobile application development costs and practices. The goal of the study, based on responses from CIOs and IT professionals in the United States and Europe, is to provide IT organizations with insight into how their peers have addressed similar mobility issues.

According to the survey, corporate-liable devices still prevail with 77% of respondents' organizations providing corporate-liable smartphones to their employees and 49% providing tablets in 2011. Of these corporate-liable devices, 70% were purchased by the organization and issued to the employees while only 7% were purchased by the employee with full or partial reimbursement.

Additional highlights from IDCís Mobile Benchmark Study include:

"Many IT organizations are currently working through their mobile device strategy and policy issues. To be successful, IDC recommends that IT executives establish a governance committee including finance, HR, and Legal to outline a comprehensive Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategy, including use policies and cost allocation methods," said Meredith Whalen, senior vice president, IT Executive & Industry Research, IDC. "Most importantly, we recommend IT executives identify the costs associated with developing and supporting multiple mobile platforms, and apply a governance strategy to mobile application development efforts to ensure projects are prioritized based on the highest value add to the enterprise."

IDC's Mobile Benchmark Study was designed to address the biggest questions IT executives are facing around their mobile device policies, including tablet adoption and mobile application development costs and practices. The goal of this study is to provide IT organizations with insight into how their peers have addressed similar mobility issues. The study surveyed 52 CIOs and senior IT professionals in the U.S. and Europe during the months of September 2011 and November 2011.

To learn more about IDCís Mobile Benchmark Study, please watch this video.


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