The I.T. Center for Enterprise Mobility has published the results of another study of the corporate mobility market in Russia during 2013. Such study is conducted by the Center annually among participants of the "Corporate Mobility Day" conference to analyze the current state of the Russian market and to identify trends and prospects for the use of mobile technology in business.
The reasons for the use of mobile technology in business from year to year remain unchanged. Most respondents see mobile solutions as a complete tool that increases employee productivity along with the ability to create new work scenarios or to optimize existing business processes. Mobility has gone from being something trendy to confidently joining the category of actual business tasks designed to support the competitiveness of organizations.
Working with basic communication systems and information resources is the most popular activity on mobile devices. Virtually all of the companies surveyed (95%) plan to provide mobile access to corporate e-mail through the end of the current year, and almost as many (90%) - access to corporate file resources (i.e. Windows shared folders, SharePoint document libraries). More than half of organizations expressed interest in providing mobile communications in real time (IP-telephony and video conferencing). In 2014, the share of companies using advanced means of communication on mobile devices could reach 39%. Implementation of solutions to reflect key indicators is relevant for 77% of organizations, 59% of which plan implementation. 20% of organizations plan to deploy mobile document management this year. However, 60% of companies do not regulate access to corporate resources from mobile devices versus 40% of companies that are in the process of discussing policies and regulations for the use of mobile devices in the corporate environment.
The number of mobile users in companies continues to grow, signifying the widespread use of tablets to solve operational tasks. In half of the organizations, mobile devices are purchased by employees at their own expense (BYOD). Over 30% of companies give employees smartphones and tablets, depending on the nature of their duties. Most of the top managers and department heads already own corporate mobile devices. 13% of respondents report that their companies plan to mobilize sales and marketing employees, 8% - IT and IS employees.
The dominant mobile platforms, as in previous years, are Android and iOS. These mobile platforms control the overwhelming majority of the corporate market and have no serious rivals in the face of other players (Symbian - 3%, Blackberry - 0%).
See the survey results on the I.T. Center for Enterprise Mobility's website: http://www.enterprise-mobility.ru/files/remday2013-surveyresults-rus.pdf