Demand for mobile device management skills set to surge

Demand for mobile device management skills set to surge

The level of demand for management device management services is likely to "virtually explode" over the course of the coming months, a technology analyst has predicted.

The forecast comes from Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), which canvassed the opinions of 320 mobility and ICT managers across France, Germany and the UK.

The firm said that although smartphones, tablets and mobile apps had become a common part of everyday life, too many IT managers are still failing to implement an adequate strategy for handling such technologies.

In fact, only a half of managers claimed their organisation was fully equipped to deal with the potential challenges posed by the use of mobile devices within the workplace.

A further 60 per cent of managers admitted that they only decided on how best to use mobile devices within their infrastructure on an ad hoc basis, suggesting that they had neglected to bring in any form of long-term strategy.

Perhaps even more worryingly, only 15 per cent of the managers surveyed claimed that they had a suitable solution in place to ensure that all mobile data was secure, although many have recognised a need to bring their policy in line with safeguards.

PAC’s principal analyst Dr Andreas Stiehler, said: “Mobility management, including the management of rights, access, expenditure, licenses, and content, has to get out of its niche, and be integrated into overall IT management."

One of the main headaches for managers stems from the fact that there is a growing diversity of mobile devices and applications, with many companies using an average of 2.4 operating systems.

The report has linked this trend to the rising use of bring your own device (BYOD) schemes in many workplaces.

Although the report acknowledges that there are a number of positives on offer to companies that implement such an approach, many organisations still allow their employees free reign on their devices.

Dr Stiehler continued: "Given this situation, companies that do not deploy an appropriate solution to support them act with gross negligence in terms of security and administration effort."