Released: 16th April 2014
London, UK, 16th April – Mobile technologies are now generally accepted as the fourth utility, yet over a quarter (28 per cent) of mid-sized UK businesses don’t have a mobile strategy in place and three in ten (30 per cent) are without a continuity strategy for loss of internet access. In the brave new world of four utilities, the lack of a strategic basis for ensuring, securing and maximising mobility is a high risk strategy.
That’s according to a new study announced today by Intrinsic, a UK-based next generation managed services provider. The research, carried out by independent technology market research specialist, Vanson Bourne, investigated the approaches to, and attitudes towards, mobility, amongst 200 IT decision makers at mid-sized UK organisations (with between 250 and 1,000 employees).
Intrinsic’s study shows that mobile technologies, including mobile devices and applications, voice and video conferencing and cloud computing, are now seen by almost all IT decision makers (92 per cent) as the fourth utility for business, alongside electricity, gas and water. Further underlining the importance of mobility, around three quarters of respondents (78 per cent) agree that such technologies are key to their organisations’ success in 2014 and beyond.
Despite this, the study suggests that many businesses are not taking a concerted, strategic approach to embracing it.
Commenting on the findings, Darron Antill, CEO of Intrinsic, says: “The bottom line is that a mobile strategy is now business-critical for almost all mid-sized UK organisations. To remain competitive, these businesses need to implement a strategic programme that enables or increases the ability for employees to work flexibly, securely, more collaboratively and more productively through the use of technology. Among other things, this will enable them to become more operationally and culturally agile and more effectively respond to everyday challenges.”
The need to become more agile is the top driver of increased use of mobile technologies in mid-sized UK businesses – reported by almost half (47 per cent) of respondents – followed by workforce demands (46 per cent) and the ability for employees to work remotely more simply (46 per cent).
Other findings of the study include:
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About the research
Intrinsic commissioned independent technology market research specialist Vanson Bourne to undertake the research upon which this report is based. 200 interviews in the UK were carried out during February-March 2014 with decision makers in IT departments, in businesses with between 250 and 1000 employees. Respondents to this research came from a range of industry sectors. Interviews were conducted online using a rigorous multi-level screening process to ensure that only suitable candidates were given the opportunity to participate. Unless otherwise indicated, results discussed in the main narrative are based on the entire sample.
Intrinsic is a next generation managed services provider that enables organisations to become operationally and culturally agile. Intrinsic is the UK’s leading provider of hybrid IT managed services, empowering organisations to transition, flex and integrate between on-premise and cloud-based ways of working. It provides a unique blend of expertise with a hand-picked suite of emerging and established technology solutions implemented by knowledgeable, accredited staff. With offices in Merseyside, London and Glasgow, Intrinsic is a market leader in developing solutions that enable mid-market sized organisations to address their specific challenges - from organisational growth and operational transformation to cost management and market differentiation. For more information visit: http://www.intrinsic.co.uk/.
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