Enterprise mobility key battleground for Indian CIOs, survey finds

According to a new report from Ernst & Young and India’s CIO Klub, chief information officers in India will look at enterprise mobility as a key facet for their businesses going forward.

The report, “Enterprise IT trends and investment 2013”, is in its fifth year and examines responses from more than 180 CIOs across major verticals.

During the five years of the report, it has charted the wide range of business change and challenges for CIOs during turbulent economic times.

2009’s paper unsurprisingly advocating wide range cost-cutting, 2010 and 2011’s reports insisting cautious optimism, and 2012’s looking to cut back and create agile IT. This year’s report, subsequently, examines how CIOs can influence the bottom line spend.

Interestingly enterprise mobility is an evident facet of this shift, with CIOs urged to invest to provide flexibility to personnel in existing business processes.

This view is backed up by the fact that nearly two thirds (62%) of organisations are expecting to “implement, upgrade or evaluate” their mobile strategy in the coming year.

Other priorities according to the Ernst & Young and CIO Klub report includes investing in BI (business intelligence), securing the IT environment by investing in information security technologies, as well as “transforming IT”, enforcing more efficient operations.

“The CEO cockpit view of the business is expected to drive mobility evolution”, said Shirish Gariba, CIO Klub president as quoted by Information Week.

Elsewhere, the report revealed that over 60% of CIOs will look at more customer-centric initiatives.

Enterprise mobility is a rapidly moving yet difficult area for companies to get right. As organisations become more mobilised, the opportunity for greater business and bigger margins through a continually connected workforce is the sort of idea that makes executives salivate.

But the age-old problems of security and pivotal data ending up in the wrong hands won’t go away. A BYOD and MDM policy may be one solution, whilst cloud computing could be key in creating a more slimline IT, in terms of both costs and infrastructure.

It’s hardly surprising therefore that communications provider CommScope earlier this month proclaimed cloud computing and enterprise mobility as the two biggest game changers for IT managers throughout this year.

Yet this Ernst & Young survey shows more evidence about the potentially huge size of the enterprise mobility market. Is your company up to speed?


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