By Jason Peck on February 11, 2016
Tags: GoCanvas Marketing
The ability of mobile apps to rapidly improve organizations' bottom lines and boost top line performance is changing perspectives on Shadow IT – broadly defined as applications and solutions built within an organization that the IT department is either unaware of or has not officially sanctioned.
There is a transformation happening around how organizations are empowering their non-IT employees to create and build mobile business apps tied to cloud-based services to improve performance.
It's awesome seeing GoCanvas lead the way here and help businesses improve the ways they collect, share and learn from their data.
In case you missed it, we've written previously about how it's time to embrace, not fear Shadow IT.
But how do businesses really view Shadow IT? How are they creating and using mobile business apps to improve productivity and generate cost savings?
At the end of December, we conducted our 3rd annual survey to better understand this. Check out the slides below for our top takeaways and see below for details. You can also view the press release here.
61% of organizations created a mobile business app in 2015 without any involvement from the IT department, according to our survey of business and IT decision makers – indicating that organizations increasingly view Shadow IT as an opportunity to drive workforce innovation and cost management. The survey also finds mobile business apps improving business productivity, generating cost savings and ensuring compliance.
The GoCanvas 2015 survey of nearly 400 decision makers from a broad range of company sizes and industries examined how rapidly businesses are shifting from paperwork and outdated processes to cloud-based platforms.
Businesses more comfortable with Shadow IT
Employees are creating apps without IT involvement in greater numbers, and businesses are more comfortable with them doing so. The survey finds:
“Innovation is occurring at such a rapid pace in the enterprise that employees do not want to wait around for overwhelmed IT departments, and plug and play cloud services are in effect transforming everyday employees into Citizen Developers,” said James Robins, CMO at GoCanvas. “The survey suggests that business decision makers and IT departments recognize this evolution, and are shifting their perspective of Shadow IT from a perceived liability to an invaluable tool for rapid innovation and cost management.”
Mobile business apps driving organization-wide benefits
Of those tracking cost savings, 31% said that mobile business apps saved their organization at least $10,000 in 2015. Other key findings:
Businesses increasingly mobile
The survey indicates businesses are creating more cloud-based mobile apps, and that greater app usage is also impacting mobile device purchasing decisions:
The survey of GoCanvas customers, conducted December 16-23, 2015, included companies from a broad range of industries and sizes. Of the respondents, 24% were from businesses with 500+ employees; 16% were from businesses with 101-499 employees; 19% worked at organizations with 26-100 employees; and 41% hailed from small businesses with 25 employees or less.
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