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Things data taught us about enterprise mobility

Things data taught us about enterprise mobility
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As we move into 2015 and look back on the mobility deployments from an enterprise perspective, there are four key things emerge from the data analysed.

1. Apps are Invading 

Apps in the enterprise were hot this year, and businesses were encouraging employees to access public app stores and create custom apps more than ever. But what is the current app landscape in the enterprise and what are employees being encouraged to use? To find the answer, we looked at 15,000 different apps that IT distributed to their employees using MaaS360. We uncovered:

  • Looking at data from 15,000 apps organisations distributed to employees’ mobile devices over the last 14 months, we find that 62% are public apps and 38% are custom apps.
  • The top three distributed apps to employees are Adobe Reader, Google Maps and iBooks
  • The most popular Enterprise security settings place on apps are:
    • Forcing the employee to authenticate prior to granting access to the app
    • Blocking the use of an app when the device is found out of compliance
    • Restricting the ability to copy and paste data outside the app or secure container
    • Enforce file protection – Ensure all files created by the app are encrypted

2. Privacy is Important – No Sh*t

As more companies embrace the BYOD (bring your own device) trend and the lines continue to blur between personal and professional, companies are finding new ways to balance security concerns with employee productivity.

Gaining the end users trust should be an important goal for IT and it could be the key to mobile productivity and BYOD success in the workplace. Two critical strategies that organisations often embrace to gain this trust is the separation of corporate data from personal data, or containerisation, and the ability to wipe an employee’s mobile device either partially for fully.

We were curious about mobile device wiping, so we pulled data and found that 130,000 devices were wiped in the last year using MaaS360. We also found:

  • In the last year, MaaS360 has wiped 450 devices a day, or one every 3 minutes
  • On average, businesses are wiping 10-20% of their entire device population every year
  • 63% of devices are partially wiped and 37% are fully wiped
  • 49% of wipes are done automatically and 51% are done by a human at the organisation
  • The most common reasons that automatic wipes happen are because of jail broken devices, enforcing enrolment and application compliance
  • Everyone wipes – businesses from every vertical and size are wiping mobile devices

3. Android Isn’t Dead…In the Enterprise

Android represented more than half of U.S. smartphone sales in late 2013, and showed year-over-year growth in 12 major global markets. Given this growth, it’s no surprise that Android is also gaining popularity among enterprise users, too. To better understand Android usage in the enterprise, we examined data and created a comprehensive breakdown of how the OS is fairing, including:

  • There are 84% smartphones and 16% tablets in the enterprise
  • The top android manufacturers are Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG and Asus. These top five make up 90% of all Android devices in the Enterprise

4. Laptops Are Under Construction

CIO’s and IT Executives are in a transitional period with laptop management and BYOPC (bring-your-own-PC). In addition to the tablet conversations that have dominated headlines, laptops are in a changing state. There are more silver laptops (macs) in the enterprise, we saw the end of support for windows XP, migration to Windows 7, low adoption of Windows 8 and excitement and interesting possibilities for Windows 10.

We pulled data from the laptops managed by MaaS360 to see what other trends we could uncover. The data we pulled was from April 2014 and revealed that over 40% of laptops and computers were still running Windows XP and that Windows 8 accounted for less than 1% of laptops/desktops.

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