The IDC study, sponsored by global enterprise applications company, IFS, explored how companies are embracing mobile solutions in terms of strategy as well as current and future investments.
And, it found that in Australia one out of every eight dollars in Australian IT budgets – compared to one in 10 globally – was dedicated to mobile ERP solutions, which IFS says confirms the rapidly increasing importance of mobility in the workplace.
According to IFS, the IDC survey also found that 68 percent of the surveyed Australian companies (59 percent globally) said that this share would increase more than the rest of the IT budget.
“This is further complicated by the fact that 14 percent of companies (in Australia and globally) have no plan but are earmarking funds for mobility investments.”
According to the survey, the top-three areas of investment globally 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).
In Australia, however, the top-three areas of investment are roll-out of tablets (38 percent), mobile device management (17 percent), and with roll-out of smartphones and implementation of enterprise apps for smartphones and tablets tied in third place at 15 percent.
"The lack of strategies for mobile solutions is surprisingly high," according to Stummer, and he says that 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."
IDC Program Director, Jason Andersson, says 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.
Andersson comments: "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."
As well as Australia, the study was undertaken in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, United Kingdom, United States and France, with a total of 455 phone interviews and web survey responses – including 50 in Australia - in a number of industry verticals.
Over half of the responding companies -52% percent globally – and 46 percent in Australia, belong to one of five industry verticals of industrial manufacturing, process manufacturing, retail, construction & contracting and service providers.