A new Oracle (ORCL) survey of 414 IT management executives showed security concerns often delay or stop the enterprise-wide adoption of mobile initiatives.
The survey, titled The Connected Enterprise: Keeping Pace with Mobile Development, revealed security is the top mobile-related concern for enterprises, despite their interest in adopting both external and internal mobile initiatives.
Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) creates enterprise security challenges as well, according to survey respondents.
Researchers found 93 percent of respondents said they were concerned about data loss and other security breaches related to mobile devices with BYOD.
"Mobility has been ubiquitous for a while, but only 10 percent of enterprises have an enterprise-wide deployment of mobile. Its impact and adoption are gaining importance today," Suhas Uliyar, Oracle's vice president of mobile strategy & product management, said in a prepared statement.
Other survey results included:
- Average IT department spending per device, per employee is currently $157. This total is expected to grow to $242 over the next two years, an increase of 54 percent.
- More than 70 percent of IT development time is spent on integration, security, quality assurance testing and design work.
- 35 percent of midsize and large enterprises update their mobile applications portfolio monthly, while an additional 34 percent update their applications quarterly. 82 percent of respondents expect those rates to increase over the next two years.
- Organizations are turning more to centralized management rather than relying on users for security. In the next two years, respondents said their organizations will be focusing more on device data encryption (10 percent more than today), centralized updating and troubleshooting (11 percent more), remote wiping of data (11 percent more) and lockdown of features (18 percent more).
What do the survey results mean for MSPs?
The drive for BYOD and enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions is likely to impact managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers.
Spiceworks' 2014 State of IT survey of 1,121 IT professionals, for example, showed 58 percent of respondents do not expect their budgets to increase in 2015, yet Oracle said it anticipates enterprises' mobile-related expenses will increase over the next two years.
As more enterprises search for ways to manage their expenses and boost their productivity, they could look to MSPs for secure, cost-effective solutions to support their mobile initiatives.