The state of mobile Office 365 usage in the workplace – and what it means for SharePoint

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Mobile Office 365 usage is growing steadily among Microsoft enterprise collaboration product users, according to a new piece of research from harmon.ie.

24% of harmon.ie mobile users are now using mobile Office 365 in the cloud, compared to 18% six months ago. Not surprisingly, the most popular activity conducted by business users on mobile devices was online and offline document access, according to 81% of the vote. 7% most frequently use their mobile devices to add a SharePoint site, while 4% prefer to favourite documents for later offline access.

harmon.ie puts the rise of Office 365 in comparison to SharePoint down to a simple reason: companies look at considering their options once their enterprise license agreements run out, and the cloud is a viable option.

The other important aspect of the research relates to the usage of iOS in the enterprise. Based on analysis of documents opened, iOS is 10 times more popular than Android per month, with the most popular device being the iPad. The most popular device manufacturers among harmon.ie customers were in order Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony and Motorola.

This provides an interesting contrast with research released by CCS Insight this week around global enterprises. While Apple was far and away ahead on the ‘most preferred’ brand used for workplace technology, the firm came behind Samsung on the ‘most credible’ brand score. CCS argues this disparity is because of Apple’s polarising effect in Sweden and Germany in particular, where respondents were giving scores of one out of 10 in some cases.

Regardless, harmon.ie CEO Yaacov Cohen insists there is a clear pattern in the way enterprises collaborate. “Office 365 and iOS are becoming the main pillars of the ‘mobile-first, cloud-first’ enterprise,” he said. “Enabling users to collaborate with colleagues on documents both online and offline delivers the real value of BYOD programs for employees and businesses alike.”

Do you agree with the research findings?

 

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