October 24, 2013

Financial services have increased in mobile device activation, from about 36% in Q2 to 38% in Q3, and remains the industry with the most device activations, according to the Mobility Index Report, by Good Technology, a mobile security solutions provider based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

A trend associated to the increase in device activations is the increase in financial services providers hiring contract brokers or agents and allowing employees to work remotely, according to John Herrema, SVP at Good Technology.

Herrema adds, “One of the challenges you typically have with that type of relationship, that type of business partner, is that it can be very expensive to extend your traditional IT infrastructure out to those people, because they’re working in remote locations, small offices, strip malls often. It’s very difficult for these companies to reach them, with traditional IT infrastructure.”

mobile device activations across industries
Mobile Device Activations, Q3 (Source: Good Technology)

Across all industries, 65% of respondents have a bring-your-own-device device policy while activation rose 60% from last year. More than 1,000 applications were developed internally by enterprises to automate workflows and business processes.

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Additionally, 56% of activations in single commercial application category are due to document editing applications. File access and syncing are the next strongest with 20%.

About 95% of total application activations were on iOS, while 27% occurred on Android and 1% on Windows phone. Also, 81% of applications were activated on tablets.

The data in the report is derived from 5,000 Good Technology customers in financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, energy and utilities, legal, government, and high tech.

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