Top IT Investment in 2016? Enterprise Mobility to Boost Agility, Speed, and Security

Top IT Investment in 2016 Enterprise Mobility to Boost Agility, Speed, and SecurityMore than 90 percent of IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) see enterprise mobility as the critical function for customer engagement, competitiveness, and operational productivity in 2016.

“Additionally, nearly three in four (73 percent) say their companies are planning to mobilize the entire organization, shows the new Appian study conducted by Harris Poll,” reports Appian.

Those stats come from an online survey of 306 ITDMs. The goal was to understand the technology outlook for 2016. The survey defined enterprise mobility as business applications and data that are seamlessly accessible anywhere regardless of location on desktops or mobile devices such as smart phones, tablets, or wearables.

A key finding?

The majority of ITDMs believe cloud-based applications/solutions (70 percent) and enterprise mobility (61 percent) will yield the biggest returns to their company in 2016.

“Companies are shifting their focus from mobile applications to full enterprise mobility,” said Matt Calkins, president and CEO of Appian. “IT professionals understand that a strategic focus on mobile apps will fail to deliver the full digital transformation that must occur within the enterprise.”

The sectors most likely to adopt enterprises mobility in the coming year include Telecommunications (40 percent), financial services (36 percent), manufacturing (34 percent), energy and utilities (32 percent), healthcare / pharmaceutical (32 percent), transportation (32 percent), and retail (31 percent).

Tellingly, the major drivers for custom application development in 2016 include: efficiency (56 percent), security (53 percent) and speed (48 percent); about four in ten reported operational productivity (42 percent) and customer engagement (37 percent) as top drivers.

Regarding speed of delivery, more than four in 10 (43 percent) of respondents indicated it takes their company three-to-six months to deliver a new application to their business.