Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Wild West of Mobile Governance

With many years of network infrastructure experience and evolution behind us, the networks and workstations within most organizations are pretty well standardized. It’s a different story for mobile devices and especially tablets, where the landscape could be aptly described as a lawless wild west.

The Aberdeen Group just published a study called Enterprise Mobility Management 2011: Mobility Becomes Core IT that show dramatic gaps in IT governance with smart devices in general and tablets specifically have been approached from an “adopt now - manage later” philosophy.

Here are some industry averages of companies that have implemented basic security features which in my opinion depicts a frenzied adoption of mobile technologies in lieu of an IT infrastructure to support them:

  • Lock and Wipe Capabilities: Smartphones 56%, Tablets 22%
  • Two Factor User Authentication: Smartphone 29%, Tablets 22%
  • Data Encryption of Removable Media: Smartphones 26%, Tablets 12%

These data are unbelievable. In the Aberdeen paper, the best in class data are at points significantly better than industry averages but certainly still unacceptable. The laggards are abhorrently bad in their adoption of many of the most basic security features.

As software developers, we should view the rapid - and apparently reckless - adoption of tablets as a precursor to an imminent explosion of mobile development internally within each of our organizations.

We are entering an era unlike any that has ever been seen. One that will make the Internet boom look tame and uneventful. Interestingly, all the development we’ve done in the past has prepared us well for this moment in time. The mobile platform is not nearly as challenging as when the Internet was introduced to us.

The difference maker this time around is having a creative workforce with a vision of how a mobile workforce is different than the status quo and what tools are required to leverage their nearly ubiquitous connectivity.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

How Does Your App Dev/Support IT Budget Compare to Industry Averages?

The Gartner Group has done a great job with compiling data related to industry averages for application development and support. Those industry averages are also sliced and diced by vertical.

Industry averages do not indicate best practices or imply the sweet spot for spending for application development resources; they are merely averages for how your peers are balancing resources.

Anyway, here are some interesting stats compiled by the Gartner Group in 2010. There are lots more to go along with these and you can get them here. Do you know how your organization stacks up against your peers and the IT teams in general?

  • IT Spend Distribution
    • 34% of IT spend goes to application development and support resources. 83% of that spend is towards personnel, of which 60% are programmers.
    • Of the IT budget for application development and support, 52% goes towards application development and 48% goes towards application support.
  • Personnel and Work Distribution
    • 37% of IT staff is dedicated to application development and support
    • 53% of the work distributed to application development support goes to development projects with the balance towards support.
    • Work distribution aligned to the SDLC breaks out to 27% requirements/design, 26% development, 32% testing, and the balance being PM and other admin functions.
  • Development Methodology
    • Surprisingly, only 14% of organizations consider themselves to be Agile shops. However, there are an additional 31% that use some form of iterative development.
    • Believe it or not, Waterfall is still king with 55% of organization using that methodology.
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