3G cellular used by nearly half of enterprises, survey says

Productivity, employee availability popular reasons

A survey released by market research firm Chadwick Martin Bailey reports that nearly half of all enterprises currently use cellular services, and that more than one-third plan on using WiMAX technology within the next year.

The survey, which was conducted among 114 IT decision makers working for companies with at least 1000 employees, finds that just over 48% of enterprises already use 3G cellular services, and that roughly 22% plan on using them within the next 12 months. Additionally, the survey finds that while less than 10% of enterprises currently use WiMAX services, nearly 37% plan on using it within the next 12 months.

The survey data provides concrete evidence that business users are willing to invest capital in deploying mobile data equipment and services. For instance, a strong majority (69.3%) of enterprise decision makers surveyed say they are already providing their employees with Wi-Fi for data access; in contrast, less than 10% say that they have no plans to deploy Wi-Fi for data access. And even though WiMAX services aren't expected to be available on a widespread basis until later this year, more than 46% of decision makers polled say they already use or plan to use the technology within the next year.

The major reasons for deploying mobile enterprise applications, the survey finds, include increased employee productivity and increased employee availability, as more than 80% of enterprise users list both of them as key reasons for using more mobile technologies. Only 36% of decision makers polled say that cost savings are a factor in their decision to use enterprise mobile applications.

Additionally, more than half of enterprise decision makers polled list data security as their most pressing concern for wireless data technology, and more than two-thirds report that deploying Wi-Fi broadly within their organisation makes them more vulnerable to security breaches.

Wireless security has increasingly become a bigger priority for enterprises as more employees are working from home and connecting to corporate data via corporate VPNs, thus giving companies less and less control over where their employees can gain access to sensitive information. As Perri Nejib, CTO for Lockheed Martin Information Systems, told Network World recently, a corporate IT network now "moves with the individual to their living room, hotel room, car and coffee shop."

Other survey findings include:

• RIM's BlackBerry operating system gets the highest marks from enterprise users for its security features, as 41.2% of users surveyed say they most closely associate it with having strong security. Similarly, more users associate the BlackBerry with having the best ease of use (38.6%) and the lowest IT help desk support (36.8%) than any other platforms. Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, meanwhile, gets the highest markets for having the best application compatibility (58.8%) and for having the largest available device selection (48.2%).

• Nearly half (45.6%) of all IT decision makers surveyed think that Verizon Wireless offers the best mobile enterprise data plans, followed by AT&T Wireless (32.5%) and Sprint Nextel (14%).

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brad Reed

Network World
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?