Nearly nine out of 10 companies believe mobile computing improves workforce productivity, according to a survey published today.
The Economist Intelligence Unit report, sponsored by Nortel Networks, interviewed 309 executives across 17 industries and found that more than 58 per cent of senior executives use mobile computing at least twice a day.
Most companies are using mobile computing to support flexible working and reduce 'dead time' while travelling, with 48 per cent of firms expecting wireless to have a significant impact on their business in the next five years.
But security issues and wireless technology integration difficulties are still significant barriers to adoption, according to 46 per cent of the executives interviewed.
Despite this, only 45 per cent of companies have no specific security policies in place for mobile computing.
Lack of training in how to use and configure Wi-Fi is also a barrier to adoption among employees, with only 35 per cent of firms that have adopted wireless technology having trained their employees in its use.
Daniel Franklin, editorial director at the Economist Intelligence Unit, said in a statement: "Mobile computing can have a huge impact on corporate productivity, but only when employees are motivated and trained to use it properly."
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