Despite understanding the benefits, companies have not mobilised enterprise applications due to concerns around cost, complexity and security.
Research among 300 CIOs across the UK and US showed there was "compelling end-user demand" for sensitive corporate data and apps to be available on mobile devices.
In the research 87 percent of CIOs said their employees wanted more access to enterprise data and applications on their mobile devices. And CIOs expected there would be a 36 percent increase in productivity across the business if key enterprise applications were mobilised.
On average, companies had over 400 custom and packaged applications within their organisation. Some progress is being made to make these available on mobile devices though, with 71 percent of companies having taken steps to develop applications for mobile use, with a further 20 percent planning to develop applications for mobile use in the near future.
Yet today, only a small proportion (22 percent) of enterprise applications can actually be accessed from mobile devices despite the fact that 86 percent of companies have developed standard web applications, and over half (53 percent) of enterprise applications are now browser-based, meaning there is an opportunity to mobilise relatively easily and cost-effectively.
Matt Bancroft, chief operating officer at Mobile Helix, which did the research, said: "We all want apps and data to be available to employees when they need them, using the tools that are available at that time. Companies need to bridge app silos in the enterprise and ensure applications work in both fixed and mobile to deliver a seamless converged app experience."
The survey found that 65 percent of CIOs blamed delays on development costs, 63 percent cited security concerns, and 48 percent were worried about the increased cost of support and maintenance.
Mobile Helix said every device platform on the market today has a high performance, HTLM5-compliant engine. "By taking this HTML5 browser-based approach, corporate IT can build a unified applications platform that extends across devices of all shapes and sizes, without compromise in functionality, performance, or security," said the enterprise application and data security platform provider.