Despite the data security risks associated with enterprise mobility, many small- and medium-sized businesses are planning to invest heavily in smartphones, tablets and the like, or have already, according to a new report from an industry association.
CompTIA's Small and Medium Business Technology Adoptions Trends report has revealed that 70 percent of SMBs polled said they plan to increase technology spending during the next 12 months. Of those, 33 percent plan to do so by at least 10 percent.
Much of this new investment will go toward mobile technology, the report found. A third of medium-sized companies – 100 to 499 employees – said they will deploy mobile devices and enterprise mobile apps during the next 12 months. Forty-three percent of small companies – 10 to 99 employees – said they will do the same.
"Technology is more accessible, more affordable and more available to SMBs than ever before," CompTIA director of technology analysis Seth Robinson said.
Already, 42 percent of medium-sized companies and 25 percent of small companies have already deployed mobility solutions. Twelve percent of micro businesses – one to nine employees – fall into this category.
Of course, with mobile devices comes the inevitable consumerization trend and its associated data security risks. According to the report, 85 percent of SMBs polled said their employees are already using personally owned devices at work. Laptops and smartphones are currently the most popular devices for consumerization, but 38 percent of respondents also said employees are bringing in their own tablets as well.
Those figures are actually higher than what the Courion Corporation revealed in a similar report of its own. According to that study, 69 percent of respondents said some employees are connecting their own mobile devices to the corporate network. Ten percent admitted to suffering a data breach caused by a lost or stolen device.