Mobile enterprise apps poised to take off in 2011: Sybase

by CXOtoday Staff    Jan 17, 2011

mobile appsNinety percent of IT managers (surveyed) are planning to implement new mobile applications this year, highlighted a recent survey released by Sybase, an SAP company (NYSE: SAP) and an enterprise and mobile software provider. The survey which was conducted by Kelton Research also stated that nearly one in two (IT managers) believe that successfully managing mobile applications will top their priority list.

As a result both hosted and on-premise mobility solutions powered by a strong mobile enterprise application platform are valuable options for businesses to seriously consider in 2011.

“The proliferation of new devices, coupled with the vast expansion of mobile applications used by consumers has paved the road for mobility solutions to enter the enterprise at the worker, workgroup, and workflow levels. Given all this, we expect 2011 to be the year of the transformation of the enterprise,” explained Dan Ortega, senior director product marketing, Sybase.

Ortega further added that, as evidenced by this survey, IT managers will be faced with greater complexities and requirements across the entire enterprise mobility framework.

The report further stated that 90 percent reported they will implement new mobile applications this year, with 21 percent looking to introduce 20 or more applications into their organization. Further, 82 percent believes, that it would be beneficial, not detrimental, to host more of their mobile applications in the cloud.

Forty- six percent of respondents, who do not have a mobile strategy in place did not expect to hire staff to specifically deal with their enterprise mobility strategy while nearly 45 percent admitted they did not have a plan or timeline in place.

The survey said that 45 percent of respondents predict that implementing or managing the onslaught of mobile enterprise applications tops the priority list in the coming year, even over more common issues such as adhering to IT budgets. Also, 56 percent consider customizing company information for mobile purposes a crucial part of conducting business and not just a ‘nice to have’.

Commenting on the reasons for the adoption, the report reflects that fact that, one in two respondents says that employee demand is driving the adoption of new mobile applications. 73 percent say that decision makers are flexible and not rigid about incorporating new mobile applications and mobile devices into their organization, showing that many mid-to-large sized companies are committed to mobilizing the enterprise.