Tai­wan com­pa­nies still in early stage of mo­bile de­vice use: IDC

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Com­pa­nies in Tai­wan are tak­ing steps to uti­lize mo­bile de­vices in the work­place but re­main in the early stages of build­ing “mo­bile- first” en­ter­prises, ac­cord­ing to a sur­vey re­leased Thurs­day by re­search group In­ter­na­tional Data Corp. (IDC).

The IDC Mo­bil­ity Sur­vey re­veals that only 4 per­cent of Tai­wanese firms have adopted a Build Your Own De­vice (BYOD)only strat­egy for mo­bile de­vices in the work­place, while 33 per­cent use a cor­po­rate-is­sued mod- el and 58 per­cent have adopted a mixed model of BYOD and cor­po­rate- is­sued de­vices.

The find­ings dif­fer from a more bal­anced sit­u­a­tion in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion, ex­clud­ing Ja­pan, where 22 per­cent of com­pa­nies have adopted a BYOD-only strat­egy for mo­bile de­vices and 20 per­cent use a cor­po­rate-is­sued model, with 29 per­cent us­ing a mixed model of both ap­proaches.

BYOD refers to the pol­icy of per­mit­ting em­ploy­ees to bring their per­sonal mo­bile de­vices ( lap­tops, tablets and smart- phones) to their work­places and to use those de­vices to ac­cess priv­i­leged com­pany in­for­ma­tion and ap­pli­ca­tions.

For an or­ga­ni­za­tion’s ap­proach to de­vice man­age­ment, the IDC found that only 4 per­cent of Tai­wanese com­pa­nies are ca­pa­ble of “ad­vanced” de­vice man­age­ment that al­lows for log­ging, re­port­ing and an­a­lyt­ics from em­ploy­ees’ de­vices, while 30 per­cent said they ap­ply “stan­dard­ized” de­vice man­age­ment for all de­vices ac­cess­ing com­pany data.

The re­sults lag be­hind av­er­age fig­ures in the Asia- Pa­cific re­gion, ex­clud­ing Ja­pan, where 14 per­cent of com­pa­nies are ca­pa­ble of “ad­vanced” de­vice man­age­ment and 29 per­cent use “stan­dard­ized” de­vice man­age­ment, ac­cord­ing to the IDC sur­vey.

It sug­gested that the rea­son Tai­wanese com­pa­nies are lag­ging be­hind is con­cern over se­cu­rity and mal­ware on mo­bile de­vices, said Charles Reed An­der­son, vice pres­i­dent and head of mo­bil­ity and In­ter­net of Things at IDC’s Asia- Pa­cific re­gional team.

“En­ter­prises are fi­nally mov­ing be­yond the de­vice and fo­cus­ing on the apps. The fo­cus by large ven­dors on en­ter­prise mo­bil­ity is driv­ing mar­ket ma­tu­rity. It is still early days -- the true op­por­tu­ni­ties for ven­dors and cus­tomers lie ahead of us,” An­der­son con­cluded at the IDC En­ter­prise Mo­bil­ity Con­fer­ence in Taipei.

The IDC Mo­bil­ity Sur­vey col­lected valid sam­ples from over 200 com­pa­nies in Tai­wan and a to­tal of 3,510 en­ter­prises in the Asia- Pa­cific re­gion, ex­clud­ing Ja­pan.

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