Over the next five years, 65% of enterprises will adopt a mobile device management (MDM) solution for their corporate liable users. The forecast by Gartner shows how the increased functionality of smartphones and rising popularity of tablets will drive IT leaders efforts toward adopting management tools that can help them deal with a vast number of devices.
Indeed, with consumerization and BYOD, much of the network traffic and corporate data that was once the primary domain of enterprise PCs is now being shifted to mobile devices. Gartner predicts that 90% of enterprises will have two or more mobile operating systems to support by 2017.
Gartner pointed out the impact of consumerization, noting that in the past year, many companies have moved to Apple’s iOS as their main mobile device platform, with others to follow over the next 12 to 18 months. As enterprises continue to offer multiplatform support and new platforms—such as Windows 8—emerge, MDM needs will continue to grow.