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More than 50% Malaysian enterprises use BYOD but lack mobile solutions, says IDC

AvantiKumar | March 25, 2014
Malaysian organisations are "behind the mobile adoption curve" as more than 55.3% have no mobile solutions in place, say IDC analysts Ian Song and Daniel Pang during release of the latest enterprise mobility study in Kuala Lumpur.

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(Photo) Ian Song, Research Manager, Enterprise Mobility, IDC Asia/Pacific (left);  and Daniel Pang, ASEAN Research Manager, Client Devices, IDC Malaysia (right) present  IDC's enterprise mobility survey in Malaysia.


International Data Corporation (IDC) has revealed that Malaysian organisations are in the early phase of mobile adoption as though more than 50 percent allow bring-your-own-device (BYOD), 55.3 percent have no solutions to manage these devices.

IDC's latest enterprise mobility study showed that 40 percent of the organisations are planning to take steps to develop proper mobility strategies to support their businesses, said IDC analysts Daniel Pang and Ian Song during a recent presentation in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

More than 50 percent of the organisations are utilising either Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or corporate provisioned mobile devices but 55.3 percent of these organisations have no solutions to manage the devices, confirmed Daniel Pang, Asean research manager, client devices, IDC Malaysia.

Pang said IDC forecasts that more than 7 Million smartphones and close to 2 million tablets are expected to be shipped in Malaysia in 2014 and many of these will be used for work.

"Malaysian organisations are still behind the curve on mobility adoption, and many are still trying to figure out how to manage devices at the workplace," he said.

"Organisations that have started integrating business processes with mobility have largely focused on basic processes such as sales, customer relationship management (CRM) and operations but have lacked emphasis on more advanced processes such as enterprise resource planning (ERP) and analytics."

"It is encouraging to see that even though mobility adoption has not reached mass proliferation, Malaysian organisations have been looking at a more strategic approach to deploying mobility," said Pang.

 Malaysia: higher than average representation of BYOD

IDC Asia/Pacific research manager, enterprise mobility, Ian Song, said, "Malaysia, like its neighbouring country, Singapore, has a higher than average representation of smartphones or BYOD."

"However, the lack of well defined enterprise mobility strategies and the use of policies in Malaysian organisations may negatively affect user productivity at work," said Song.

"While many organisations have stated that developing mobility is one of their top priorities in 2014, IDC believes that having a clearly defined mobility strategy and effectively engaging solution partners are the only way to overcome organisational and technical challenges to address multiple aspects of mobility management and enablement," he said.

The survey results also showed:

  • 83 percent of full time Malaysian employees are using personal smartphones at work and
  • 77 percent of full time Malaysian employees are using their own smartphones at least few times in a day at work


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