Study shows mobility projects are paying off

2016 was a good year for enterprise mobility

VMware has published their 2016 State of the Digital Workspace Report, a global survey of business and IT decision makers, practitioners and influencers.

The report unveiled that organizations taking a digital workspace first approach that aggregates devices, applications and services while securely managing them through unified common access and identity — experience business, operational, and financial benefits while those that wait are falling behind.

Respondents acknowledged that game-changing IT relies on organizations adopting a digital workspace that includes security and identity management as vital components. With realistic prospects of achieving astounding return on investment, even businesses that cited obstacles to adoption may want to consider taking another look at business mobility initiatives.

“As we enter 2017, the industry is moving into the next phase of enterprise mobility where businesses have to deliver access to applications and resources to end-users, customers and partners using any connected device in any location,” said Dave Grant, vice president, product marketing, End-User Computing, VMware. “The State of the Digital Workspace Report shows that business and IT leaders recognize the significant tangible benefits digital workspaces can offer to an organization. The guiding principle of consumer simple and enterprise secure applied to VMware’s digital workspace solution, VMware Workspace ONE, delivers a simple and secure platform that can help customers in any industry with their digital transformation journey.”

Triple Digit ROI and Significant Cost-Savings

  • ROI from business mobility investments averaged 150% overall.
  • 41% of IT and business decision makers saw improvements in total management costs after successfully executing on digital workspace efforts
  • That said, only 30% of their non-executing peers realized improvements.
  • 39% of decision-makers realized cost improvements to support end-users after embracing digital workspaces (compared to 23% among those that did not)

New Revenue Streams Faster

  • Nearly half of organizations (48%) that have successfully executed mobility initiatives saw improvements in their ability to more rapidly introduce new revenue streams, compared to 34% among organizations that have not executed a single initiative.
  • Among those organizations executing 10 or more business mobility initiatives, 52% saw improvements in their ability to more rapidly bring new revenue streams online.
  • Meanwhile, among the organizations executing fewer than five mobility initiatives, only 38% saw improvements.

Top Concerns

  • Concerns about security were top of mind among executives and nearly half of executives (45%) viewed a digital workspace solution that includes the necessary elements of security and compliance tools, mobile device management software, and identity management as a way to address compliance and security risks.
  • In particular, 43% of financial services leaders pointed to identity management software as a necessary element in the financial services segment.

(Infographics: VMware)