Ninety percent of IT managers are planning to implement new mobile applications in 2011, with more than 45 percent convinced successfully managing mobile applications will top their priority list, according to a survey by Kelton Research. The same research revealed one in two respondents believe employee demand is driving the adoption of new mobile applications, and anticipate supporting about eight different mobile platforms or operating systems by year end.
These findings emphasise that developing a strategy for managing and securing employees’ personally owned mobile devices is now part of a CIO’s portfolio. Google Android smartphones and tablets, iPhones and iPads are joining BlackBerry, Symbian and Windows Mobile devices in the workplace, and their numbers are only going to increase in the coming months. Regardless of whether corporate policy allows mobile devices to access the corporate network, workers are bringing them into the office.
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