(From left) Chin Ying Loong, Vice President of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle ASEAN & SAGE; and Chong Fook Hing, Sales Director for Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Malaysia.
Enterprise solutions firm Oracle's latest enterprise mobile expenses study reveals that while 90 percent of IT managers are concerned about data loss and other breaches linked to mobile devices and BYOD (bring your own device), enterprises are remain committed to Mobility.
During the unveiling in Kuala Lumpur of the 'The Connected Enterprise: Keeping Pace with Mobile Development' report, Chin Ying Loong, vice president of Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle ASEAN & SAGE, said the cost and complexity of integrating mobile applications with back-end systems - in addition to maintaining security in accessing those systems- continue to be issues that are affecting enterprises ability to keep pace with the drive to enterprise mobility.
However, enterprises' commitment to mobility is shown by another finding that mobile related IT spending was expected to grow by 54 percent in two years, said Chin. "The rate of development, deployment and spending for support of mobile applications and devices will increase dramatically over the next few years."
"Increasingly, enterprises today see potential for great payoff from a strong mobile commitment and they recognize that mobile applications provide a new way to develop and maintain relationships with customers, business partners and internal users," he said.
The report, which was conducted on behalf of Oracle by CIO Strategic Marketing Services and Triangle Publishing Services, examined the hurdles enterprises said they faced in deploying mobile application systems, added Chong Fook Hing, Oracle Malaysia's sales director for Oracle Fusion Middleware.
Cost and complexity
"Cost and complexity of integrating mobile applications with back-end systems-in addition to maintaining security in accessing those systems- continue to be issues that hinder enterprises to keep pace with enterprise mobility," said Chong.
He said the report also showed that although 29 percent of IT development time is spent on front-end mobile app development, more than two-thirds of their time is actually spent on integration, security, quality assurance testing, and design work.
"Today, most Malaysian enterprises are looking to expand their businesses via mobile strategies," said Chong. "However, they struggle to keep pace with the rapid rate of mobile application development. Yet, the need to ensure business users are connected at 'anytime, anywhere' is becoming more critical."
Some other findings include:
- Respondents indicated that 44 percent of their application portfolio is internally developed.
- Average IT department spending per device, per employee stands at US$157 today. That is expected to grow to US242 over the next two years, an increase of 54 percent. $
- Mobile applications change continually. According to the survey, 35 percent of midsize and large enterprise organisations update their application portfolio monthly, while an additional 34 percent update their applications quarterly. More than four-fifths (82 percent) of respondents expect those rates to increase over the next two years.
- 75 percent of respondents said that cloud/hybrid cloud is "somewhat important" or "very important" to mobile application deployment. Cloud technologies include platform as a service and a cloud-based mobile enterprise application platform.
- 84 percent of respondents reported sales and marketing, as well as customers, as the two stakeholders with the most influence in mobile applications today. IT followed with 82 percent.
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