A new survey has revealed that agility is the key requirement for financial services firms looking to implement a successful business model that embraces new mobile platforms.
This is according to a MobileIron survey of more than 400 IT professionals in financial services organisations conducted by the Ponemon Institute. It reveals that mobility has introduced disruptive business and employee demands that are encouraging CIOs to adopt a new model of IT data management.
Half of those surveyed said they expect the majority of their employees will be using email and apps on mobile devices in the next year.
Bring your own device (BYOD) is also forecast to grow, with the proportion of employees using personally-owned smartphones and tablets increasing from 40 per cent to 49 per cent in the same time period.
Despite these observations, half of respondents said their company does not have a mobile strategy. Of those who have such a strategy in place, 36 per cent said it is not aligned with business objectives.
Some 69 per cent of respondents said their CIO believes smartphones and tablets will replace most desktops and laptops.
However, just 38 per cent of CIOs are confident that they can address the risks posed by these new mobile platforms, according to the research.
Significantly, respondents believe an agile IT model will be needed in order to succeed with enterprise mobility, along with adding new skills and changing traditional mindsets.
‘Agility and preparedness for change’ was cited as the number one factor that respondents felt would contribute to an organisation’s ability to maintain an effective mobile strategy over time.
“Mobility is now a strategic initiative for many financial services CIOs,” Ojas Rege, vice president of strategy at MobileIron, said in a statement. “However, mobility also catalyzes a fundamental re-think of existing IT skills and approaches, and it creates an opportunity for the CIO to lead the development of a new model of partnership between the business, IT, and end users.”