Survey: Many British Companies Slow to Embrace Mobility

By Gerard Longo, Assistant Editor — July 19, 2012

Despite the rising popularity of mobility in the workplace, a survey from Cognito found that most companies in Britain still have not caught on.

Over 200 directors from the IT, operations and service field were surveyed. 55 percent of those surveyed revealed that they have found user adoption of mobility to be a challenge within their respective companies. This response was due in large part to a limited amount of resources, such as time and money, as 36 percent of respondents stated that as a large factor in their failure to successfully implement mobility.

Another contributing factor to the failed adoption of mobility in the workplaces survey is engagement. 27 percent of those surveyed cited that poor executive sponsorship and employee engagement contributed to their mobility issues.

"The results from this survey confirm that despite the wide availability of consumer mobility solutions, smartphones, apps and geo-location tools, there is still a lack of adoption across organizations of all sizes," said Jonathan Chevallier, strategic development director at Cognito. "Organizations can address these barriers head on by considering the implementation of a mobility solution as a large enterprise project, with appropriate allocation of resource, time and change management for sustained, organization-wide benefits. What’s clear is that the involvement of employees and explaining the rationale behind technology implementation is critical from the outset of any project."

Despite the struggle for many of the surveyed companies to adopt mobility, the news is not all unfavorable. There were several factors impacting the success of mobility in the workplace, including employee usage and enthusiasm (33 percent), usability of the technology (33 percent) and the understanding of rationale behind implementation (23 percent).

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