It doesn't matter which IT Principle you talk to – ask them to list their top technology concerns and mobility is guaranteed to be on the list. As the functionality of smartphones and tablets improves – along with services like the cloud – the use of these gadgets in a business setting becomes more important.
According to a recent survey from Symantec – an enterprise provider of endpoint, cloud, mobile and virtual security solutions – companies that have aggressively adopted mobile devices early are reaping significant rewards, despite high costs per security incident.
"Few issues command the attention of IT today like mobility," Francis deSouza, president of Products and Services at Symantec, told CIO. "The difference in attitudes and results between the organizations that actively embrace mobility and those that are reluctant is significant. Organizations taking a proactive approach benefit much more than those that put it off until they eventually find themselves trying to catch up to the competition."
The study featured interviews with 3,236 businesses in 29 countries and separated respondents into two categories – innovators and traditionalists. The innovators are diving into mobility and dealing with challenges as they arise. Traditionalists are far more cautious and weigh risks much heavier.
The survey found that because innovators are jumping in head first, they experienced twice as many mobile incidents in 2012 including lost or stolen devices and data breaches that lead to regulatory fines and lost revenue. However, they also experienced 50 percent higher revenue growth than traditionalists.
This risk versus reward debate is being held across the IT channel as technology continues to grow. IT Principals can turn to an MSP or VAR for their experience and expertise in implementing a mobile strategy. Furthermore, Solution Providers that have partnered with VAR Staffing can provide the impactful talent that is required to manage the system successfully under these circumstances.