Highlights from 2017 Enterprise Mobility Exchange report: Digital transformation, AI, and more

The question of where IT is headed is always a difficult one to answer.

Though it often seems that adoption of new technologies in the enterprise moves at a snail’s pace, every year, new tech is introduced that has the potential to dramatically transform the future of business. At the same time, businesses are constantly figuring out new ways to leverage old technology to their advantage. All of this means that there are a myriad of factors at play when it comes to predicting the new and the next.

To track some of that progress, each year, the Enterprise Mobility Exchange surveys IT professionals to get a sense of how enterprises are leveraging technology, what is trending up or down, and what is upcoming or outgoing. This year’s survey, titled “Industry Insight 2017: The State of Enterprise Mobility,” dives head first into those questions.

We had a look at this year’s report. Here’s what we found particularly interesting:

  • 34% of respondents said their digital transformation process is “fully strategized and being implemented.” A striking 57% of respondents have not yet implemented their strategy
  • Asked where mobility ranks in their enterprise’s current IT standing, only 27% called mobility a top priority. However, 67% called it a growing priority, showing that, hopefully, there’s nowhere to go but up
  • 17% of respondents are using a simple BYOD strategy. 34% are using corporately owned, privately enabled (COPE), and 46% are using some combination of the two
  • A striking 10% of respondents said that mobile security is a “low priority” in their enterprise. Fortunately, 59% consider it a high priority
  • Surprisingly, nearly half of professionals surveyed (47%) said that their enterprise is using or pursuing artificial intelligence, virtual reality, or augmented reality technologies. (That number is significantly higher than we expected)

Needless to say, there are lots of balls in the air at this point. As enterprises continue to adapt to new(ish) technologies like mobility and cloud computing, they’re also coming to terms with the fact that continuing to move the ball forward is a difficult proposition. 

That said, adopting every new technology that comes along isn’t the answer. As EME says in their report, “the companies that focus on specific objectives… will see the most seamless and quickest IT growth.” Focusing resources around specific goals – in a “slow and steady” fashion – may not be the sexiest approach, but it’s time-tested and works. 

How does your enterprise stack up against others? Check out EME’s full report to find out

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