Growth in the enterprise mobility market has been slower than anticipated, in spite of the many investments that are planned across industries, according to a new report from analyst group Datamonitor.
In the report, Understanding adoption of mobility solutions, the analyst firm interviewed 1,000 IT decision makers across Europe, North America and Australia to discover their mobile investment plans.
Penetration of mobile technology had only increased by 5% compared to last year in mobile management, applications, security, platforms and integration, and Telematics.
Aphrodite Brinsmead, technology analyst and author of the report, said: “It is clear that mobility is not a top priority for enterprises, with enterprise applications and IT systems management topping the agenda for enterprises’ largest IT project.”
But she added: “Penetration should increase to 50% for mobile management in 2008, with the other technologies following close behind.” Datamonitor predicted that businesses were likely to make more investments in the next six to 24 months.
The largest growth in mobility solutions would come from the healthcare sector, Datamonitor said, where penetration could increase as much as 20% over the next two years owing to the need for access to patient records and drug information.
Use of mobile technology is healthcare was likely to outweigh its use in retail banking and the energy sector, in spite of those sectors' "larger mobile workforce".