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Sybase Survey Finds Mobile Enterprise Apps Poised To Take Off In 2011



90% IT Managers Surveyed will implement New Mobile Applications in 2011; 21% Look to Introduce 20 or More Mobile Applications into their Organisation

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.

Sybase, Inc., an SAP company (NYSE: SAP) and industry leader in enterprise and mobile software, has released the results of a new survey by Kelton Research highlighting that this year 90 per cent of IT managers surveyed are planning to implement new mobile applications and nearly one in two 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.

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  • A smarter solution: A majority (82 per cent) of IT managers share the belief that it would be beneficial – not detrimental – to host more of their mobile applications in the cloud.
  • The year of the mobile enterprise app: Nine in ten (90 per cent) IT managers reported they will implement new mobile applications this year, with almost a quarter (21 per cent) looking to introduce 20 or more applications into their organisation. In addition, they anticipate supporting about eight different mobile platforms or operating systems by the end of 2011.
  • Mobile mismanagement: Despite the enthusiasm and flexibility shared by IT departments, many are currently not being strategic about mobility. Almost half of respondents (46 per cent) 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 the same number of respondents (45 per cent) admitted they did not have a plan or timeline in place.
  • Mobile application priority: Forty-five per cent 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 per cent of IT managers consider customising company information for mobile purposes a crucial part of conducting business and not just a “nice to have.” In addition, eight in ten (84 per cent) of those who feel this way work for companies that are flexible about the use of new mobile applications or devices.
  • Mobile security concerns: Similarly, IT managers report that possible data security issues with mobile applications cause more problems (65 per cent) than implementation (25 per cent) or employee adoption hurdles (10 per cent).


Other interesting findings from the 250 IT managers polled include:

  • Workers come first: One in two respondents (50 per cent) say that employee demand is driving the adoption of new mobile applications.
  • Loyal to mobile: In fact, almost three in four (73 per cent) say that decision makers are flexible and not rigid about incorporating new mobile applications and mobile devices into their organisation, showing that many mid-to-large sized companies are committed to mobilising the enterprise.

“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,” said Dereck Daymond, managing director for Australia and New Zealand at Sybase. “As evidenced by this survey, IT managers will be faced with greater complexities and requirements across the entire enterprise mobility framework, which is where a leading mobile solutions provider like Sybase can take an entire industry to the next level.”

For graphical representation of the survey findings please download the PDF.

About the Study
The referenced study was commissioned by Sybase and conducted by Kelton Research.  The study consisted of online surveys of 250 IT Managers in the U.S. and UK at companies with revenues of US$100 million or more.

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