British IT managers are lacking on management of their organisation's mobile devices in comparisons to other European countries.

According to research by Absolute Software, nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of British IT managers have no idea where the mobile devices are, in comparison to 50 per cent in France and 41 per cent in Germany.

The survey also found that only six per cent of British IT managers could physically keep track of all the organisation's laptops in an automated way. This is less than half than that of France and Germany, both at 13 per cent.

Dave Everitt, general manager EMEA at Absolute Software, said: “The research shows that many IT managers are failing to control their mobile equipment and in doing so, are opening up their company to security threats and potential fines. While replacing hardware that has been lost or stolen can be annoying, more often it is the data on these devices, which is of real value.

“Having the ability to manage both PCs and Macs can be a real pain for IT administrators. However, the consumerisation of the mobile enterprise means that employees are becoming increasingly reliant on using personal mobile devices in the workplace. Therefore it's imperative that IT managers quickly adapt to how staff are now working.”

Recent research by IT asset discovery specialist BDNA found that 60.6 per cent of UK IT executives are unhappy with the quality and use of data from their IT asset discovery tools. “We appreciate that many organisations have invested heavily in IT management software that provides some level of discovery information, but these toolsets are not delivering the business information that the organisations need to make real savings and manage risks,” said BDNA UK country manager, Paul Winters.