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Australian Enterprises Are Still Taking Ad-Hoc Approach to Mobility & Compromising Network Security

  • 13 August, 2004 17:13

<p>NORTH SYDNEY, August 13th 2004 - IDC finds that CIOs and IT Directors are today still taking an ad-hoc approach to enterprise mobility, despite the deep penetration of personal mobile devices within their organisations. Issues of security, service consolidation, interoperability and cost savings of the organisation are therefore compromised, which does not align with a CIO's strategic vision. IDC's Ubiquitous Mobility Event in Sydney on Tuesday 17th August 2004 at Star City, will include case study presentations and expert advice from IDC, Nokia, Telstra HP, Blackberry-RIM, Symbol, Ericsson, palmOne &amp; Vodafone.</p>
<p>Mobile devices, such as laptops, handheld devices, and an assortment of computing devices (such as smart phones), have a huge impact on the way enterprises conduct their daily operations. With the expansion in wireless connectivity capabilities – including; WiFi, wireless broadband and 2.5/3G cellar - enterprises can now embrace the new technology as they pursue growth opportunities. According to IDC research, mobile and wireless technologies, when implemented properly, create a consistently positive impact on the organistions' bottom line, as these are areas where the business need is greatest, such as for sales and customer facing roles.</p>
<p>"CIOs are faced with a massive challenge. Mobility is happening, whether they like it or not, so now they have to assess how they can manage it," The key issues CIOs must consider include: How to manage complex multiple-device environments? How can these be integrated into a variety of existing enterprise systems? What standards must be applied? How to handle security issues? How to integrate the infrastructure? How to manage mobile devices?,” said Warren Chaisatien, IDC Senior Analyst, Mobile &amp; Wireless Solutions</p>
<p>"There are several key business issues to consider before adopting enterprise mobility, such as controlling costs, demonstrating ROI or justifying the lack of ROI, training staff, and providing support to yet another technology element. It's a huge issue for enterprises, but the sooner they address it, the more secure their enterprises will be and the more effective their key mobile professionals can function, which will improve the bottom line of the smart enterprise," added Warren Chaisatien, IDC Senior Analyst, Mobile &amp; Wireless Solutions</p>
<p>Bob Brace, Vice President, Mobile Solutions, Enterprise Solutions, Nokia, said, "The key enabling technologies required to allow widespread uptake of mobility in business are now in place and enterprises should look at mobility as part of their current and future business strategy. It is estimated that around 30 percent of the workforce is mobile yet only a small number of executives have access. There is much to be gained from mobility - not only tangible results such as ROI and increased productivity, but also happier employees who have the freedom to work from anywhere, anytime, on devices that they choose.</p>
<p>"Enterprises should approach mobility as an IT investment and apply IT business practices to mobility, much as they view investments into other enterprise systems. For mobility to succeed, vendors must offer one important proposition - to make it as simple as possible for the organistion, be it the management, the IT manager and the user. The less complex the solution is, the less problems organisations will face, and the more successful the implementation will be."</p>
<p>IDC's Ubiquitous Mobility Event on Tuesday 17th August will help CIOs understand the importance of adopting a mobile strategy in today’s business environment.</p>
<p>For further information about this event or media passes please contact: Belinda Johnson on ph: 02-9925 2236 or via email: or visit</p>
<p>For press enquiries please contact:
Belinda Johnson
Marketing Director
Phone: 61 2 9925 2236</p>

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