Monday Apr 07, 2014

Is Enterprise Mobility Revolutionizing the Way that Business is done in China?

Author: Winston Yuen Hung Lin, VP, Product Management, OFM

What is changing the IT landscape in China? How do local CIOs react towards the change? Have you dreamed of working anytime anywhere?

As one of the most important mobile device markets in the world, China has been booming rapidly driven by ever-higher-performing smart phones, tablets, and other devices enabled by 3G and 4G networks. With more and more different mobile devices like tablets and smart phones being used widely, it is inevitable that workers want to bring their own devices into their workspaces and conduct their business anytime, anywhere.

Enterprise mobility has been triggered along with the shift in business practices. With the support of enterprise mobility, a doctor can get access to a patient’s files from his tablet; a manager can prepare his presentation from his mobile device while travelling; employees can work outside the office and become more and more productive by using their own devices.

Now the multi channel era has come, the request has arisen. It’s time for CIOs to embrace the change and adjust their strategies and infrastructures to support the mobility revolution. According to a recent survey from the famous research website IT168, more than 90% of Chinese companies have implemented their mobility plans or started to think about their mobility strategy, especially in the financial, government and retail industry. These companies are usually large or medium-sized, and require high levels of integration to interact with companies’ data frequently. There are still 5% local companies that do not need enterprise mobility. These companies are mostly traditional businesses that do not need to cover their business via the internet or mobile.

Why do most companies start to implement enterprise mobility? According to recent research, in China, 56% corporations aim at satisfying business requirements, and then increasing operation efficiency directly; 43% aim at increasing work efficiency. Take the financial industry as an example, most customers want to process a variety of financial business anytime, anywhere. To meet business requirements, the four major national banks in China (ICBC, ABC,BOC, CCB) have provided their own mobile banking services. They bring convenience, efficiency, meeting their mobility strategy and also provide customers traditional and creative services.

Undoubtedly, mobility has become a critical part of the IT environment, with more and more companies regarding BYOD (Bring your own device) as the new mobile business trend. According to a recent survey from IT168, it has become a worldwide phenomenon as well: 74% of worldwide corporations allow BYOD usage according to Forbes: Mobile Business Statistics . BYOD brings many advantages, but what CIOs care about is the security issue that BYOD causes. According to a business value report, 68% local companies worry about BYOD security and it has become the primary barrier to broad mobile deployments within the enterprise.

In the next blog, we will continue to explore the mobility’s world with you, we will discuss the following questions in depth.

What are the advantages that mobility will bring? Also what disadvantages will it cause? What can we do accordingly?



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