Gartner survey reaffirms enterprise mobile device adoption not yet mature

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The latest note from analyst firm Gartner argues that, in the grand scheme of things, corporate-issued mobile device adoption remains immature.

The landscape remains less than mature when compared to desktops and laptops, Gartner argues. According to findings from the company’s latest Personal Technologies study, based on responses from more than 9,500 respondents in the US, UK, and Australia, less than a quarter (23%) of employees surveyed are given smartphones, compared with 36% for laptops and more than half for corporate-issued desktop PCs.

Comparatively, two thirds of respondents said they use at least one personally owned device for work purposes. 39% of employees use personally owned smartphones and phablets, compared with 10% who are only using corporate-issued equivalents. The latter makes an interesting comparison point; are the phones being supplied by employers all being used to greatest effect?

Gartner also argues that the need for convertible laptops will increase in the coming three years, driven by the refresh and uptake of Windows 10 that can “enhance the user experience with touch-based input”.

“In the era of mobility, it comes as something of a surprise that corporate usage of smartphones and tablets is not as high as PCs, even when the use of personally owned devices is taken into account,” said Mikako Kitagawa, Gartner principal research analyst. “While it’s true that the cost of providing mobile devices can quickly escalate, proper usage of mobile devices can increase productivity, which can easily justify the extra costs.”

According to a recent study from Zimperium, 60% of the 7,000 BYOD devices from one customer are vulnerable to known cyber threats.

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