New InformationWeek Reports Research Finds 65% of IT Pros Expect an Increase in Employee Owned Mobile Devices Accessing Business Data

30% say their companies permit access by default; just 10% do not allow enterprise assets on mobile devices.

Nov 1, 2011

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- InformationWeek Reports, a service for peer-based IT research and analysis, announced the release of its latest research report on Mobile Device Management (MDM). The report encompasses analysis of results from InformationWeek's 2011 Mobile Device Management and Security Survey, and guides readers in securing and managing their mobile workforces. Three hundred and twenty-three business technology professionals, all hailing from companies with 50 or more employees and involved in determining mobile/wireless strategy or evaluating, recommending or purchasing mobile devices, responded to the poll. The full report is available to registered users at

Research Summary:

The pace of mobility change is accelerating. In the 16 months since InformationWeek's last MDM survey, market shares have shifted considerably, fueled by alluring options from consumer-focused vendors Apple and Google, and tablets have shot up in popularity. Nearly 80% of August 2011 respondents say the devices will increase in importance within their organizations in the next 24 months, compared with just 36% saying the same in March 2010.


  • 76% of survey respondents building custom mobile business applications are supporting or will support Apple iOS in development efforts.
  • 58% have standardized on a mobile device platform and carrier selected by IT, vs. 73% in our 2010 poll; that 15-point drop translates to much less control.
  • 57% consider Apple iOS an enterprise-ready platform, compared with 74% saying the same about RIM BlackBerry OS.
  • 27% currently lack written policies or procedures pertaining specifically to mobile/portable devices or the handling of mobile data.

The report author, Grant Moerschel, is co-founder of WaveGard, a vendor-neutral technology security firm. His 22 years of IT experience encompass a wide range of strategic and tactical business technology functions.

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"A variety of surveys show the BYOD trend gaining strength," says Lorna Garey, content director of InformationWeek Reports. "An MDM strategy – with written policies and backed by technological enforcement – isn't optional anymore. Even if your policy is 'no access except by company-owned BlackBerrys,' you need to state that loud and clear and put protections in place."

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Art Wittmann
VP & Managing Director, InformationWeek Reports

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