Red Hat ANZ Enterprise Mobile Index Reveals Mobile Adoption Is Steadily Rising

Redhat Logo While many organisations in Australia and New Zealand have established an enterprise mobile strategy, there is still work to be done to get the full benefits, according to findings from the ANZ Enterprise Mobile Index report, released today by Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source solutions.

The study, which provides a snapshot of enterprise mobile strategies and adoption across Australia and New Zealand, found that 65 per cent of respondents have an enterprise mobile strategy in place. Yet, just 15 per cent of respondents have a mobile-first strategy, which means that mobile devices and applications are used across the organisation as a means to transform business processes to drive innovation in a unified way.

To be successful in gaining the benefits from their mobile strategy, organisations should evolve in a way that supports both the agility of new mobile initiatives and the stability of core IT functions. Infrastructure that supports an agile approach to mobility-based business solutions gives organisations the capacity to quickly make changes and innovate.

Key findings from the Index include:

  • Many enterprise mobile strategies are internal-facing. 64 per cent of respondents are targeting employees with their mobile strategies, while 27 per cent are targeting customers. This suggests there is room for organisations to respond to increased demand from customers to engage with organisations via mobile platforms.
  • Security is a major challenge to enterprise mobility development. Almost 80 per cent of respondents identified security as a ‘high priority’ (45 per cent) or second ’high priority’ (33 per cent) challenge to the mature development of an enterprise mobile strategy. This is followed by back-end integration, with 23 per cent of respondents identifying it as a ‘high priority’ challenge. This is not surprising, given the close relationship between the two, as organisations must focus not only on securing data but also securely integrating apps into business systems. Many platform solutions and Mobile Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) platforms today are designed to address both needs.
  • IT skills shortages are preventing mobile maturity. Just over half (51 per cent) of respondents indicated that their companies do not have the right skills internally to develop and support their mobile enterprise strategy. This suggests the ANZ region is experiencing a skills shortage in the areas of mobile integration and application development. Organisations should consider using a central mobile platform to foster collaboration between internal and external third parties to help alleviate these resource and skills issues.

 Methodology

The Red Hat ANZ Enterprise Mobile Index canvassed the opinions of 150 senior IT and management decision-makers (89 in Australia and 61 in New Zealand). The Index was conducted by third-party marketing company Outsource and sponsored by Red Hat.

Supporting Quote

Max McLaren, regional vice president and general manager, Red Hat

“Enterprise mobility adoption is steadily rising in Australia and New Zealand as organisations find new ways to streamline operational efficiency, increase productivity, and collaborate more effectively. Over time, more and more organisations are expected to overcome the barriers holding back their mobile strategies, which we believe will lead to an increased focus on enterprise mobility in the coming years.”

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Wavelink delivers Extreme Networks solutions

Wavelink Logo Wavelink, a value added distributor of enterprise mobility and unified communications solutions, today announced an agreement with US-based software-driven networking company, Extreme Networks, to be a wireless mobility specialist for Extreme Networks solutions in Australia and New Zealand.

As part of the new agreement, Wavelink will have access to Extreme Networks’ full portfolio of solutions, including ExtremeWireless 802.11ac Wave 2 wireless LAN, the ExtremeSwitching range, and Extreme Networks’ acclaimed suite of network software including ExtremeAnalytics, ExtremeControl, and ExtremeManagement.

Ilan Rubin, Managing Director, Wavelink, said, “This new partnership gives Wavelink the ability to provide complete end-to-end network solutions to our resellers and their customers. Our focus to date has been solely on the supply of the wireless component of the network. Now, with the addition of Extreme Networks solutions, we can deliver a number of other network components, significantly increasing the value of the solution that our partners are delivering. There is significant overlap between Wavelink’s and Extreme’s target vertical markets such as healthcare, education, and manufacturing, creating additional synergies. We will not only be working on developing opportunities with our existing common partners, third party suppliers and end customers, but will also be expanding the Extreme offering to new resellers and end customers.

“Extreme Networks has been doing some fantastic work with its solutions, yet it is something of a well-kept secret in the region. Wavelink aims to assist in building greater recognition for the brand locally. We look forward to working closely with Extreme Networks’ strong local and regional teams to make this happen.”

John Boladian, Director of Channel Sales and Alliances, APAC, Extreme Networks, said,
“Extreme is thrilled to partner with Wavelink in a joint effort to grow the wireless voice and unified communications market in Australia and New Zealand. Wavelink shares Extreme’s dedication to growth and performance, as well as its passion for delivering seamless networking solutions across healthcare, education and manufacturing sectors. This partnership not only serves to deliver end-to-end networking solutions to Wavelink’s customers and resellers, but also to foster strong relationships with their channel partners through Extreme’s full portfolio of services.”

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About Wavelink
Wavelink specialises in the supply, marketing and support of a range of leading edge Enterprise Mobility and UC Solutions. Wavelink distributes a range of products from Spectralink, Fortinet, Extreme Networks, Digium, Lightspeed, Polycom and Purple WiFi. For more information please contact Wavelink on 1300 147 000.

About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (EXTR) delivers software-driven networking solutions that help IT departments everywhere deliver the ultimate business outcome: stronger connections with customers, partners and employees. Wired to wireless, desktop to datacenter, we go to extreme measures for our 20,000-plus customers in more than 80 countries, delivering 100% insourced support to organizations large and small, including some of the world’s leading names in business, education, government, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality. Founded in 1996, Extreme is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, visit Extreme’s website or call 1-888-257-3000.

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