Sencha predicts good Windows Phone 8 enterprise adoption

A survey of over 1400 mobile executives from HTML5 developer Sencha has revealed that there will be “aggressive” adoption of Windows Phone 8 in the enterprise over the next 12 months.

The upshot of all this is that employers would not be averse to using multiple operating systems in their organisation, thus exposing themselves to the security risks of BYOD.

46% of companies polled said they were going to be supporting Windows Phone 8 within 12 months, which showcases the potential of the Microsoft system.

As Ojas Rege, VP of strategy at MDM providers MobileIron, stated: “At MobileIron, we believe that the new Windows release will become an important part of the mobile enterprise mix”.

He added: “[MobileIron customers] know the first two will be iOS and Android, but questions remain over what will be the third – Windows or BlackBerry?”

With Research in Motion announcing a January 30 release date for BlackBerry 10 yesterday, the battle lines have been well and truly drawn.

And according to the Sencha research, the battle for third place may have a huge effect on the fortunes of both companies in the enterprise.

83% of respondents supported two or more operating systems in their workforce – in other words, iOS, Android and one other – whilst 34% supported three or more.

Yet there is validation from Sencha that the battle for OS share isn’t cut and dried.

“This survey supports our experience with our customers in the last 12 months – they are not willing to bet on any one platform, and in fact are adding more to the mix with their upcoming support for Windows Phone 8,” said Paul Kopacki, VP marketing at Sencha, adding: “It is clear that they continue to embrace choice and support a very diverse and growing set of devices”.

Will this affect my BYOD rights?

Another key finding from the report was that 58% of those polled would have a formal BYOD policy within the next year.

This of course links in to the increasing acceptance of multiple operating systems in the enterprise, as revealed by Sencha.

Evidently, BYOD security bugbears are commonplace, not least when a device gets lost. Yet it does appear that organisations are taking it as seriously as one would expect, especially compared to SANS research last month which revealed that two in five companies polled there didn’t have formal BYOD provisions in place.

Elsewhere, perhaps bucking the trend of contemporary research, iOS won out as the most popular OS ahead of Android. 63% of respondents in the Sencha survey cited Apple’s platform as either the first or second most important platform, as opposed to 57% for Android.

But who do you think will take third place in the enterprise; Windows or BlackBerry?

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