Companies focus on mobile device rollout while overlooking security, IFS study reveals

According to a global study by IDC, sponsored by IFS, the global enterprise applications company, 65 percent of businesses will focus their investments in mobility on rolling out smartphones and tablets. However, only 7 percent state that they will invest in mobile device management (MDM) in the coming three years.

The survey shows that rollout of mobile devices to employees dominates company investment plans. While 65 percent of the respondents chose smartphones and tablets, only 7 percent will improve security and policy management by investing in MDM.

The IDC survey identifies MDM as a key component of mobility solutions for handling security, policy and integration to back-office systems.
“Without a robust MDM solution it will be nearly impossible to secure a mobile device and enable a full or partial wipe in case of theft or loss of the device,” IDC Program Director Jason Andersson said. “Considering the rapidly increasing amount of business data that is accessed through mobile devices, it is noteworthy that only 7 percent state that MDM will be the focus of their strategic investments. Clearly, security awareness among companies needs to be improved as we are becoming increasingly mobile.”

“MDM may well support remote management of an installed base of devices such as locking users into a kiosk mode or wiping data from a stolen or lost device,” said Martin Gunnarsson, director, IFS Research & Strategy. “However, security also entails cloud solutions where strong built-in security ensures that all communication is encrypted and no corporate data or user passwords are stored in the cloud. In certain industries, it is even prohibited to send classified information from the back-end business software to a mobile device.”

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About the study

The survey was performed in nine countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, and France) with a total of 455 phone interviews and web survey responses in a number of industry verticals. The survey targeted CIO or IT Managers who were decision-makers regarding mobile solutions, budgets and strategies. The respondents indicated what current mobile capabilities they provide to their workforce, but also specific drivers for investing in mobility solutions. Over half of the responding companies (52%) belong to one of five industry verticals: Industrial manufacturing, Process manufacturing, Retail, Construction & Contracting and Service Provider.

About IDC
International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 47 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

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About IFS

IFS is a public company (XSTO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite. IFS focuses on industries where management of any of the following four core processes is strategic: service & asset, manufacturing, supply chain, and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in approximately 60 countries with 2,800 employees in total. Net revenue in 2012 was SKr 2.7 billion.

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