Good Technology: Enterprise mobility trends don't mirror consumer use

Summary:Despite the whole "consumerization of IT" trend, Good's quarterly report argues that "enterprise mobility trends do not mirror consumer preferences."

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Despite all of the woes about consumer technology seeping into the workplace, causing havoc and headaches for IT professionals worldwide, a new report suggests this isn't always the case.

The first quarter Mobility Index from Good Technology reports that "enterprise mobility trends do not mirror consumer preferences."

This assessment is primarily in reflection of mobile device activations for business and enterprise use over the quarter.

On the one hand, researchers saw increased growth for Android activations worldwide with a five percent increase on an annual basis.

It should be noted that Google's mobile OS continues to top both domestic and global smartphone shipment charts for the overall industry.

But when it comes purely to the enterprise, Android still has a mountain to climb.

That's because Apple's iOS still dominated the enterprise mobile circuit with 75 percent of total device activations last quarter.

One silver lining for Android can be found on the tablet front as activations from Android tablets almost doubled during Q1 2013 while iPad activations dropped by five percent.

Nevertheless, Good Technology still acknowledged the influence of consumer trends as BYOD policies establish a stronger foundation.

Good CEO and president Christy Wyatt remarked in the report that "despite what device they may be using, users want a seamless, integrated experience that allows them to be as productive on the go as they are on their desktop or laptop."

For reference, Good's Q1 Mobility Index is based upon its own internal data aggregated from all devices activated across Good's worldwide network.

This includes data from more than 5,000 customers across the following industries: financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, legal, government, energy and utilities, and technology.

Chart via Good Technology

Topics: Mobility, Consumerization, IT Priorities, Smartphones, Tablets

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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