Fast Facts: IT Departments Supporting Too Many Mobile Devices

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There’s no question the sheer number of mobile devices on the market is just too much for an IT department to handle seamlessly in a BYOD or COPE environment.

  •         Projections show there will be 6.1 billion smartphones in use by 2020, and as enterprise mobility expands, many of those devices will be utilized for work purposes.
  •           As of late 2015, Android announced its platforms were being used on 1.4 billion devices globally. Even more incredible is the Android platform was the main operating system on more than 24,000 device models.
  •           Apple then announced in Q1 2016 it too had surpassed the billion active device use, eight months before its iPhone 7 was launched for use.
  •           Taking up smaller portions of market share, but still in enterprise use nonetheless, are Windows and Blackberry devices, adding more disruption to the IT staff’s ability to support employees and protect the company’s data.

What do you think of the facts? Are there too many devices on the market for IT departments to keep up with?

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