In its twelfth quarterly Mobility Index Report, Good Technology, which specializes in secure mobility, has announced key findings showing that organizations are continuing to adopt an increasing variety of apps to secure corporate information. The acceleration of secure work app deployments enables users to perform work-related and personal activities on the same device, protecting user information, such as email, contacts, voicemails, SMS, location, etc.
With 67% of organizations now using two or more apps beyond email, companies are rapidly mobilizing content and apps while strengthening their cyber resiliency. The average organization now uses almost three and a half apps in addition to email, with secure browser leading all app categories for a third quarter in a row, according to Good Technology.
This quarter’s findings indicated that employees are requesting mobile access to corporate information located behind the firewall. The top five app categories across devices are secure browser, custom apps, secure instant messaging (IM), document editing and document access.
Closely following secure browsing for most widely deployed app, custom app activations expanded into a growing set of industries. The biggest custom app growth occurred in energy and utilities, which grew from a negligible number to 49 percent in just one quarter, while insurance continued to be an aggressive adopter of custom apps with 32 percent of all apps being custom built. To date over 2,000 Good-secured apps have been built on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.
Financial services firms, where speed to decision is key to profitability, continued to invest heavily in secure IM. Business and professional services show high demand for document workflows, with document editing apps and document access apps representing 37% and 15%, respectively, of apps used by law firms, consulting firms and accountancies. Government agencies and other public sector institutions also focused their mobile initiatives on the document-based workflows.
iOS retained the top spot for smartphone activations despite seeing a drop in overall market share for a second straight quarter, falling from 70% to 64%. Android market share grew to 32%, while Windows landed at 3%.
The tablet market shifted dramatically, as they begin to replace laptops. iOS fell from 81% to 64%, while Android grew to 25%. Windows grew from 4% to 11% which is noteworthy given its 1 percent share just two quarters ago.
iOS continued to outpace Android in regulated industries, such as public sector (79%), education (76%) and healthcare (70%). For the first time, Android moved ahead of iOS in high tech (53%) and saw significant gains in energy (48%) and manufacturing (42%).
Good Technology (www.good.com) serves more than 6,200 organizations worldwide, including 100 percent of the FORTUNE 100 commercial banks, aerospace and defense firms and more than half of the FORTUNE 100 companies. The quarterly Good Mobility Index Report leverages data collected from the company’s extensive customer base, the broad portfolio of apps supported through our Good Secure Cloud, as well as third-party and custom-built apps on the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.