April 18, 2012 – Exponential adoption of enterprise mobile devices and bring-your-own usage are leading to uncertainty and stress on enterprise operating systems, according to research firm and consultancy Ovum.

In a new review of the enterprise mobile marketplace, Ovum found that most enterprises do not have resources or expertise to manage enterprise data on multiple platforms. At the same time, limitations like the lack of available APIs on these platforms are slowing third-party vendors from standardized data security across operating systems. On top of this, mass adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) usage has fanned out the systems and governance needs from mobile device management operating systems, Ovum reported.

Richard Absalom, analyst, Consumer Impact Technology division at Ovum, says enterprise mobile operating systems are only beginning to catch up to recent advances and adoption of devices. And a policy that allows BYOD access to enterprise data opens up the security and governance needs on the business side of operations.

“It is only over the last couple of years as the smartphone and tablet markets have taken off that we've seen such demand in the enterprise and more scrutiny has been applied to the limitations of Android and iOS when it comes to security and IT governance,” Absalom says.

“It's something that businesses need to develop a full policy for very quickly – I'd suggest that ‘crossing fingers’ isn't a great approach when it comes to this new range of threats to corporate data security.”

Absalom went on to say that there isn’t one particular vertical addressing mobile device management better or worse. Rather, he says it’s an issue of exceptional growth in mobile device management in certain industries, especially in those highly regulated sectors like health care, finance and the public sector where data protection is paramount.

In survey information related to the industry report collected by Ovum from mobile device management vendors, Apple iOS leads device management platforms with 40 percent of respondents, with BlackBerry (24 percent) and Android (16 percent) rounding out the top three.