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Infographic: The Three Things Confounding CIOs Going Mobile

It’s the strategies, stupid.

Even smart CIOs and well-managed enterprises are having problems as they embrace mobility. And while mobile devices and apps are new and complicated in ways far different from PCs and server applications, the challenges confounding IT leaders tend to be less technical and more business and strategic.

That’s according to an IDG Research survey of 140 CIOs and IT managers that are members of the private CIO Forum on LinkedIn.

The survey, sponsored by SAP, shows a gulf between vision and the plans to make those visions reality. For instance, while 71% of CIOs see mobile as transformational or strategic, only 18% have a strategy to enable mobile to achieve those lofty goals.

There’s also a disturbing lack of faith in mobile. 56% say they are unclear on how to present the business case for mobile. That may be due to a lack of time or resources (39%) or a lack of processes or know-how to measure the hard and soft benefits of mobile (34%). Not every company has got it together as ADT, which has been able to show that some of its salespeople have doubled their sales as the result of deploying field service apps on tablets.

There’s also naivete. Half of enterprises admit they lack mobile developers even while 62% say they expect to roll out mobile apps that are either custom-built or need heavy tweaking. That work can be done by outside developers, for sure, though CIOs may be shocked at the cost.

You can download an in-depth whitepaper with more survey results and expert interpretation at or by taking a picture of the QR code at the bottom of the below infographic.

But you can skim the findings via the Infographic below. You can pass it along by right-clicking and saving, or giving them the no-registration required permalink for the Infographic perfect for Twitter or Facebook.

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