Survey Finds Utility Investing in Mobility to Boost Productivity

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17th September 2013 11:55 - Utilities

A recent IDC Energy Survey, of 119 utility companies’ shows that two fifths (40%) in Europe, the Middle East and Africa plan to increase investment in workforce mobility over the next year to eighteen months. Survey respondents indicated that the main reason for such investment was to increase productivity, which is to be achieved through the implementation of office applications and file management software.

Almost a fifth (17.7%) of respondents indicated that they had launched their first mobile application and another 15.1% are currently in the process of developing a second or third.

Whilst productivity is the top reason for investing in mobility, information security is the top criteria for selecting an enterprise mobility vendor. The respondents cited “protecting corporate network and corporate data on devices” as a top priority.

In addition, platform diversity is adding complexity to the mobility at utilities. A fifth (42%) of utilities in these regions have to manage at least two different mobile operating systems.

Gaia Gallotti, Research Manager at IDC Energy Insights said:

“The mobility umbrella covers a wide array of devices, networks, platforms, and applications that require holistic management to be efficient, effective, and secure. At the moment, 36.1 percent of EMEA utility companies revealed they already have mobility strategies in place, with an additional 10.1 percent of respondents revealing plans to create one in the next 6 to 12 months.”

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