Utilities investing in mobility to boost productivity

Information security is top priority in selecting mobility vendor, IDC survey finds
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Utilities are increasingly investing in mobility to boost productivity and selecting enterprise mobility vendors based on their security reputation, according to a recent survey by IDC.

Around 40 percent of utilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa plan to increase investment in workforce mobility over the next year to 18 months, according to a recent study by IDC Energy Insights.

The top reason utilities are investing in mobility is to increase productivity, according to a survey of 119 utilities conducted by IDC Energy Insights. The utilities are deploying office apps, as well as file management and collaboration software to boost productivity.

According to the survey, 17.7 percent of respondents said that they had launched their first mobile app and another 15.1 percent are developing a second or third mobile app.

While productivity is the top reason for investing in mobility, information security is the top criteria for selecting an enterprise mobility vendor, the survey found.  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. Around 42 percent of utilities in the region have to manage at least two different mobile operating systems.

"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," said Gaia Gallotti, research manager at IDC Energy Insights.

For more:
- see the IDC release

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