Sunnyvale, California – The Enterprise Device Alliance (EDA) today opened a new survey to query IT administrators about the deployment and management of smartphones and tablets in their organizations. The survey asks about the projected growth in the number of tablets, the impact on IT of managing mobile devices, the barriers to broad acceptance, and the special management challenges that mobile systems introduce. The results of the survey will provide a view of the issues that IT departments confront as they accommodate the increased use of mobile devices in their enterprise. IT administrators are encouraged to contribute to the survey at Enterprise Device Alliance Mobile Survey. The survey will be online until October 15, 2011.
“The rapid adoption of smartphones and tablets is challenging enterprises to deliver secure, mobile access to information while protecting customer data and ensuring the organizations’ integrity and productivity,” said T. Reid Lewis, president of the Enterprise Device Alliance. “With this survey, we want to hear the most urgent priorities and concerns from those dealing directly with the issue.”
In a survey conducted last year by the EDA related to this topic, IT administrators had asserted that tablets would grow in enterprises through 2011 by 55% and smartphones (with greater initial market penetration) by 27%. Complete results of “The Mac in the Enterprise Survey Results 2010″ and other surveys are available in the Enterprise Device Alliance Resource Center.
Enterprise Desktop Alliance solutions extend the standard Windows-based management environment and enable the Mac to be viewed as, and to act as, a peer to Windows in an enterprise. At the same time, they are specifically designed to maintain the Mac experience for users even as they interface with the Windows infrastructure. Using the solutions from EDA companies, IT administrators can deliver the same standards of service, maintain uniform client configuration, make the same file services and print queues available, and enforce the same security controls and compliance policies for both Mac and Windows systems. Member companies include Absolute Software, Centrify, GroupLogic, and Web Help Desk. For more information, visit our web site.