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Enterprise mobility trends reflect growth of external providers

SN blogs: Enterprises are using third-party providers to handle their mobility management needs; why aren't companies protecting mobile data?

Kathryn Weldon, an analyst at Current Analysis, discusses a recent Current Analysis survey that shows that enterprise mobility trends are accurately reflecting the growth of mobile devices in the workplace. Weldon says the survey indicated that 60% of companies are using external providers for mobility management. The most common services encompass telecom expense management, mobile application management and mobile security management. Weldon adds that bring your own device (BYOD) continues to blossom. Almost half of respondents said they allow some form of BYOD, although 56% of that group said only some employees are allowed to use it. About 43% of survey takers said they have a "choose your own device option" and 28% of that group will compensate employees for their mobile expenses.

Read more about the growth of mobility in the enterprise.

Big data alone does not provide a competitive advantage

Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Nik Rouda advises that having some form of big data analytics strategy is not enough to give your company a competitive edge. Rouda says that ESG research indicates that companies say they believe they are ahead of their peers because they have implemented a big data strategy. Of course, says Rouda, if you use the information you gather to transform policies and revamp your overall strategy, you will see the benefits of big data. But what's most important, he advises, is that companies use the data they gather to pursue strategies that are "uniquely advantageous" to their competitive edge.

Read about the big data homework Rouda gives to vendors to show how their products can be used to create a competitive advantage.

Where are Cisco, HP in VMware's EVO platform?

Virtualized Geek blogger Keith Townsend shares his most recent theory about why Cisco and Hewlett-Packard were not involved in the process behind VMware's new EVO platform. Cisco and HP are two of VMware's largest server-oriented partners, so why not join forces for the hyper-converged EVO? Townsend opines that Cisco's recently released M4 cartridge unified computing system platform, which is able to manage data in the cloud, is meant to compete with VMware's software-defined data center strategy. While VMware spokespeople claim there is no conspiracy at work, Townsend says we'll just have to wait and see.

Read more of Townsend's theory about the business motivators in the IT world.

Protecting corporate data on employee-owned devices

Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Jason Buffington wonders in a recent blog why most organizations don't protect data that's stored by employees on their mobile devices. To make his point, he cited some recent ESG research that collected responses from 86 IT managers, almost half of whom said that backing up data isn't a strategic priority. What's more, 38% replied that they weren't even concerned about data loss on mobile devices. Other popular responses included budget restraints and the challenges associated with having too much data to protect. Buffington's reaction? If you aren't protecting corporate data, no matter where the data is stored, you aren't doing your job.

Read more of the research Buffington discusses on protecting corporate data on employee-owned devices.

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