The number of Western European businesses actively providing employees with remote access to corporate business systems and other services has trebled over the last year, research published today has revealed.
According to the study conducted by Quocirca for O2, the number of firms adopting mobile working has jumped dramatically from 20 per cent in 2005 to 65 per cent to date in 2006. An additional 30 per cent of businesses indicated they will also roll out mobility projects during 2006, leaving just five per cent with no plans to mobilise parts of their enterprise.
The report notes that “after years of exploratory approaches and pilot projects”, Europe’s organisations are finally implementing wireless data technology on a wide scale. Some 15 per cent of corporates were found to be running more than five different remote access projects; while a further 60 per cent have between two and five, both big increases over 2005 figures.
The growing appetite for mobile is not just in the form of familiar email applications (which have increased in penetration from 10 per cent in 2005 to 21 per cent of companies in 2006), but also includes remote access to other business and internal administration systems, which are being deployed by 70 per cent of companies.
The survey also reveals that many of these mobile deployments are no longer taking place as isolated, separately funded projects, but are now part of an overall integrated IT and communications strategy funded from the same sources. Over half of those businesses surveyed now fund their mobile spend from the traditional IT budget, whilst over half have also integrated mobile into their core IT strategies.
Rob Bamforth, principal analyst at Quocirca said: “After early trials and pilots, companies are moving onto the next step with an upswing in those already active or becoming active in this area. Expanding beyond those initial deployments means a broader community of users, and more applications as mobility becomes mainstream. This underpins the more strategic approach to the planning and usage of mobile and remote access.”
The Quocirca report was based on in-depth interviews with 520 senior IT and communication executives from a cross-section of industries from countries including the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
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