Mike Johnson

Guest blogger: Mike Johnson, Director UC Architectures & Solutions

CIOs are finding that the process of mobilizing enterprise apps is not as easy as it might seem, according to a new survey. IT research firm Vanson Bourne asked 300 CIOs and IT decision makers about their experience converting company apps for mobile use. Their takeaway finding: Even though the average organization has 400 custom and packed applications, only 22% of them can be accessed from mobile devices.

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The respondents cited a number of reasons why they hadn’t mobilized their apps:

  • 65% cited high costs as the biggest barrier to creating more mobile apps. They mentioned the increasing fragmentation of mobile operating systems as a particular reason for ballooning costs.
  • 63% said they were concerned about security in writing company apps for mobile use.
  • 48% worried about increased costs in support and maintenance that would come with new apps.

Yet, in spite of these barriers, 90% of the respondents said they have started to develop apps for mobile use or soon will.

Do you think this is ripe, and we will soon see more company applications optimized for mobile use? Or will enterprise apps continue to be mostly non-mobile?

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