Rackspace research touts mobile as future of business computing

News Jane McCallion May 2, 2013
Device cloud
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Joint investigation signals end to PC era

Seventy seven per cent of UK firms believe mobile software applications and services will soon become the defacto way for employees to access work IT systems.

This is one of the key findings from a new joint survey by Rackspace and the Manchester Business School, which polled 1,300 UK firms about their attitudes to IT.

The study, which incorporated information collected by market researchers Vanson Bourne, also found 60 per cent of respondents found their employees demanding more business-level apps to install on mobile devices to access corporate IT.

Additionally, 59 per cent said the move towards remote working reduced office spend by an average of £102,000 per year.

In response to these increasing demands, 55 per cent said they intend to up their investment in new business apps over the coming year, focusing on the development of corporate apps for document management (60 per cent), diary management (44 per cent), CRM (44 per cent) and expenses management (39 per cent).

The results also showed concern for corporate security in relation to mobile device management, however, with 21 per cent saying they have plans to develop their own corporate app store to more tightly distribute and manage business applications.

In response to the results, John Engates, CTO of Rackspace, said: “This increased focus on enterprise apps and mobility makes it imperative that CIOs transition workloads to the cloud so employees can access corporate data from any device, irrespective of geographical location.”

Doctor Brian Nicholson, senior lecturer in information systems at Manchester Business School, said: “There is no doubt that cloud computing is enabling a more flexible workplace using a range of devices.

“With our reliance on the PC declining, the onus is on businesses to deliver their IT services in a format that enables staff to access corporate cloud apps from any device or location.”

This is not the first occasion Rackspace and Manchester Business School have worked together on research into cloud trends.

In March, the two released a joint report which discovered almost half of UK businesses were having their cloud deployment efforts hampered by a lack of relevant knowledge and skills in the IT talent pool.

This lack of appropriate training in cloud computing was also recently noted by recruitment firm CWJobs.

 

Manchester University and Rackspace research shows mobile is the future of business computing