The Enterprise Mobility Exchange (EME) has long been a forum for companies implementing mobility strategies, as well as companies like ours which help enable enterprise mobility. As it turns out, they’re also a great source of insight on the state of enterprise mobility. 

For their new report, “The Global State of Enterprise Mobility: 2016,” EME surveyed over 300 senior mobility practitioners to gauge the strength of mobility in businesses all over the world. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of good news in this report.

We had a look and thought we’d share our key takeaways from the findings of EME’s survey. Here are our top 5 takeaways from the report:

  1. Mobility budgets are increasing. In a statement, EME’s Mihaela Biti said that “despite difficulties adapting dated legacy systems… we have noticed notable increases in budgetary allocations for mobile solutions.” The most common budget size for the next 12-18 months was $250,000-$500,000 (29.1%); one-quarter of organizations have a budget over $1.5 million.
  2. Integration with legacy systems continues to be a challenge. 7% of respondents cited integration with legacy systems as the biggest challenge they encountered when implementing enterprise mobility projects.
  3. The market is maturing, but there are still a number of new entrants. 5% of respondents are currently in ‘Phase 2’ of their mobility project, followed by ‘Early implementation’ at 24.6%. Still, the latter category saw a 35% increase over 2015.
  4. Companies are spending most of their budgets on mobile app development. Asked where they’d be spending their money, respondents focused on app development (50.4%). That was followed by security at 38.8%, and cloud computing at 33.9%.
  5. Increased productivity is the main goal of companies’ mobility strategies. Finally, a majority of respondents (69.4%) cited increased productivity as the main goal of their mobility projects. Improved customer service and operational efficiency followed closely behind, at 57.9% and 45.5%, respectively.

To access the full report, head over to the Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s website. [Registration required to download.]

These insights from EME are right in line with other studies we’ve read recently. Just two months ago, a report from IDC predicted that mobility spending will rise to almost $2 trillion (with a ‘T’) by 2019. And, as we discussed on our blog last month, all signs point to growing maturity in the enterprise mobility industry. Those are two very good signs.

With budgets for mobility increasing and companies’ understanding of mobility growing, the future of our industry continues to look bright. Weighing your options for deploying mobile apps in your business? Get in touch with us today!