The pace of enterprises deploying corporate mobility initiatives has accelerated. Enterprise IT executives are focused on supporting a fragmented array of mobile devices, applications, and operating systems to address the needs of employees. Corporate mobility momentum will continue as a growing number of employees purchase and use their personal smartphones and tablets for work-related activities. In addition, many firms are establishing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs to provide workers with flexibility to use their personal devices at work.
Our study of IT mobility decision-makers revealed that employees access a variety of work-related mobile applications on smartphones and tablets. It's no surprise that email, calendar, web browsers, and access to company portals are the leading mobile applications deployed to enhance workforce productivity. However, there are some differences in applications deployed over specific devices. For example, to improve productivity, firms are more likely to implement or plan to implement presentation tools, business applications specific to their jobs, and video storage or streaming services for tablets than for smartphones. New types of cloud-based, software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery models enable firms to cost-effectively and efficiently support the diverse array of corporate mobility initiatives.
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