Technology, Mobility

Mobile a higher priority than cloud or big data

A recent IDG Research study reveals that 69% of IT executives believe enterprise mobility is a critical or high priority during the next 12 months - more than cloud (53%) or big data (48%). "The rich rewards of creating and executing a comprehensive mobility strategy more than justify the effort," concludes this enterprise mobile research brief. Click here to access the actual survey. Click on the PDF link below to access the analysis brief. 


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Paul Calento 255 Points | Mon, 10/22/2012 - 18:33

While mobile is a higher priority in this study and probably the hearts and minds of many there is still a lacking component ... enterprise apps that fully leverage the trend (including UI). How do we jump start the needed application modernization?

--Paul Calento

(note: I work on projects sponsored by and HP)

Chris Peters 6 Points | Thu, 10/04/2012 - 14:23

Not at all surprised to see this data.  With IT consumerization trends and a dramatic proliferation of new device opportunities, a successful enterprise mobility strategy is closely tied with employee productivity and enabling collaboration inside and outside the enterprse. And it goes beyond devices to application development and delivery.

Thanks for the research.



John Dodge 1535 Points | Thu, 10/04/2012 - 14:34

We've never been more mobile. Devices like smart phones are cheap, powerful and attractive. And while they have many toy-like and entertaining features, they are also IT's that for an idea...a smart phone workstation? As such, they must be woven into the fabric of enterprise IT...

Workstation, now there's a term whose shelf life has expired. 

Chris Peters 6 Points | Fri, 10/05/2012 - 18:54

John, Interestingly at we have found an Intel IT best practice to use newer workstations to support our chip designers in mini-clusters supporting remote workers where it does not make sense to land a data center. 

We find that the speed of light (transmitting data over long network runs) can be a barrier to employee productivity - so having a high performance, low latency compute environment close by to conduct advanced silicon design modeling gives us a cost effective competitive advantage for design - a critical business process for Intel.

So while the traditional workstation use model may be under pressure, the business value of a workstation still exists, but just not the way you may have thought.

More about how Intel IT is using workstations to design Intel's next generation chips


John Dodge 1535 Points | Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:43

What your suggesting Chris is that workstations have returned to their roots and become more niche focused. Two decades ago, workstations started as high performance desktops, either standalone or connected to a larger computing resource. Then they sort of morphed into general purpose desktops because computer power became so available and cheap (thanks in part ot Intel). Now they're back in their high performance niche. Indeed those chip design workstations have monster compute power.   

Dinesh Srirangpatna
Dinesh Srirangpatna 9 Points | Thu, 10/04/2012 - 03:31

Hi John,

I agree with the brief and your analysis.  Productivity and convenience are driving mobile usage across both consumer and business context. Retailers like Target have found mobile campaigns [convenience, context, content]  in conjunction with print (weekly flyers) boosting sales. Enterprises are arming executives with tablets to access information and be productive on the go. On the flip side security concerns and constant change in technology is a CIO management top priority. Overall, folks realise the genie is out of the bag and are trying to harness it positively, rather than let it overwhelm them.


Pearl Zhu 90 Points | Wed, 10/03/2012 - 17:20

It's no surprise to see mobile as top of IT priorities, as business becomes so hyper-connected and always on, with the advantage of better customer service, collaboration and intimate customer relationship. still, the biggest concern is about security, standadization., GRC descipline. thanks. 

John Dodge 1535 Points | Wed, 10/03/2012 - 13:21

Do you find mobile as a substantially higher priority than cloud of big data surprising? I can see it because it comes from direct pressure applied by the end user masses, which want mobility now. Benefits of big data and cloud are more subtle and directed toward fewer workers.