UK businesses lag behind in mobility

UK businesses are behind those in other countries when it comes to taking advantage of mobility to encourage higher productivity in employees, a study has found.

The ‘Mobility in Business’ report from Citrix revealed that just 51 percent of UK firms thought mobile initiatives such as BYOD would give them a competitive edge, in comparison to 93 percent in China and 85 percent in India.

Only three countries, South Korea (45 percent), Denmark (41 percent) and Taiwan (34 percent) placed lower than the UK.

“High growth economies like Brazil, India and China are clearly moving to capitalise on the potential of mobile, leaving those economies we consider to be more developed at risk of being left behind,” said James Stevenson, area vice-president of Northern Europe at Citrix.

Although 48 percent of UK businesses said they had established mobile strategies, in line with the global average of 47 percent, only a quarter of UK firms rated mobile strategies as a top business priority.

Firms considered barriers to mobile initiatives to include competing business priorities (37 percent), support for multiple mobile operating systems (45 percent). Further, 56 percent of firms were worried about app security and 47 percent were concerned about managing access control.

Stevenson said that these concerns indicated the power of consumerisation of IT.

“Workers are driving change in how IT is being used in the workplace,” he said.

The survey polled 1,700 senior IT decision-makers across the world.

Copyright © 2013 IDG Communications, Inc.

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