Enterprises in western Europe have been slow to adopt mobile computing technology in the past 12 months, according to newly published research from IDC.
The analyst firm's 2005 Enterprise Mobility Survey noted that, although there is now more awareness of, and interest in, mobile technologies and applications, adoption has been slower than expected.
"Although mobilisation of the enterprise market is happening across small, medium and large companies, it is being implemented at a unit level rather than for the entire organisation," said Rosie Secchi, senior analyst for IDC's European Wireless Enterprise service.
"The true benefits of including mobility are through a solution approach that reaches into the processes of the company as well. Providing connectivity is only the starting point, as this encourages partnerships in the supply chain."
In line with the 2004 survey results, the 2005 IDC survey also showed that enterprises are still largely uninterested in mobile data applications for business use.
Only six per cent of surveyed companies are interested in adopting mobile data applications such as push-to-talk or mobile commerce.
More business-specific applications, such as mobile sales force automation and mobile CRM, also attracted little interest.
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