EMEA Utilities Focused on Mobility Investments, Says Research Firm (9/16/13)
Monday, September 16, 2013 | Comments

About 40 percent of Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) utilities expect to increase their workforces' mobility during the next 12 to 18 months, according to a new study from IDC Energy Insights. Mobility is one of the most pressing issues for utilities and has been a key area of investment for utilities, especially for workforces operating in the transmission and distribution fields, the market research firm said.

"Utilities across EMEA are embracing mobility to significantly enhance productivity across their entire organization," said Gaia Gallotti, research manager, IDC Energy Insights. "The mobility umbrella covers a wide array of devices, networks, platforms and applications that require holistic management to be efficient, effective and secure.”

Just more than 36 percent of EMEA utility companies revealed they already have mobility strategies in place, with an additional 10.1 percent of respondents revealed plans to create one in the next six to 12 months. EMEA utilities are committed to driving productivity gains, as 48.3 percent of EMEA utilities revealed they have already mobilized productivity functions.

EMEA utilities cited "protecting corporate network and corporate data on devices" as of utmost importance, and identified "information security" as the single most important criteria when selecting an enterprise mobility solution. Platform diversity is becoming an additional complexity to be managed, as over 42 percent of EMEA utilities claim they have to cater to at least two different operating systems.

Nearly 18 percent of EMEA utility survey respondents launched their first mobile app, and a further 15.1 percent are involved in developing a second or third mobile app.

The study leverages results of the IDC Biannual EMEA Enterprise Mobility Survey covering 119 utility interviews from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Kenya, Morocco, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom.

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