Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Rapid increase in mobile ERP investments, global IDC study says

A global IDC study, sponsored by IFS™, the global enterprise applications company, reveals that a majority of companies will increase their investments in mobile solutions. Despite the increasing pace of investment in the field of mobility, almost half of the companies have no strategy for mobile solutions.

A global IDC study, sponsored by IFS™, the global enterprise applications company, reveals that a majority of companies will increase their investments in mobile solutions. Despite the increasing pace of investment in the field of mobility, almost half of the companies have no strategy for mobile solutions.

The survey, based on IT decision makers in nine countries, explores how companies are embracing mobile solutions in terms of strategy as well as current and future investments.

One out of every 10 dollars in the IT budget is dedicated to mobile ERP solutions, confirming the rapidly increasing importance of mobility in the workplace. 59 percent of the surveyed companies state that this share will increase more than the rest of the IT budget. Paradoxically, 46 percent of companies still do not have a plan for mobile solutions. This is further complicated by the fact that 14 percent of the companies without a plan are earmarking funds for mobility investments.

According to the survey, the top-three areas of investment in the coming three years are roll-out of smartphones (35 percent), roll-out of tablets (30 percent), and implementation of enterprise apps for smartphones and tablets (15 percent).

“The lack of strategies for mobile solutions is surprisingly high, especially considering that all the companies in the survey have an annual revenue of 100 million dollars or more,” said Martin Gunnarsson, director of IFS’s Research & Strategy team. “Mobility must not be seen as merely an IT project, but also as a strategic business development and transformation investment. Mobility is a force for competitive differentiation. To avoid costly mistakes, we recommend that companies examine and formulate their business needs in terms of key processes, systems integration, security, and device management. In this way, companies can arrive at a mobility roadmap which can be discussed with their IT vendors.”

“It is clear that future focus will be aimed at integrating mobility to create value, especially in customer relations management, business development, and improving employee efficiency,” IDC Program Director Jason Andersson said. “Companies are clearly preparing for a growing mobile workforce and the changes it brings. However, there is a strong need to increase understanding of how to secure mobile devices and tablets.”

About the study
The survey was performed in nine countries (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, United States, and France) with a total of 455 phone interviews and web survey responses in a number of industry verticals. The survey targeted CIO or IT Managers who were decision-makers regarding mobile solutions, budgets and strategies. The respondents indicated what current mobile capabilities they provide to their workforce, but also specific drivers for investing in mobility solutions. Over half of the responding companies (52%) belong to one of five industry verticals: Industrial manufacturing, Process manufacturing, Retail, Construction & Contracting and Service Provider.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 47 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

More information on IDC is available at www.IDC.com

About IFS

IFS is a public company (OMX STO: IFS) founded in 1983 that develops, supplies, and implements IFS Applications™, a component-based extended ERP suite built on SOA technology. IFS focuses on industries where any of four core processes are strategic: Service & asset management, manufacturing, supply chain and projects. The company has 2,000 customers and is present in approximately 60 countries with 2,800 employees in total. Net revenue in 2011 was SKr 2.6 billion.

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