More than four of every five small-to-medium businesses are either currently implementing or planning to implement some type of mobility solution, ranging from simple, mobile device-based applications to sophisticated logistics solutions.
Thats just one of the findings from a Techaisle global study on SMB mobility adoption and trends. The report also says SMBs in the U.S. are likely to spend $32 billion on mobility solutions this year alone.
The study says 23 percent of the money is being spent on mobile applications, including new application development and customization; 17 percent on devices; and 8 percent on security and management. SMBs also expressed a strong desire to integrate mobile solutions with a line of business applications as a way to derive greater business value over time. However, significant barriers to adoption remain, TechAisle says, with the top three being cost of solution, concern about theft and data privacy, and data service pricing. These concerns are being aggravated as Verizon Wireless and AT&T drop unlimited data plans.
Mobility adoption among SMBs, the study shows, is 28 percent higher than cloud adoption. The highest growth rates for mobility spending are among the 10-19 and 100-249 employee-size businesses.
A corresponding Techaisle multi-country channel survey shows that VARs have been more active in offering mobility solutions as compared to other channels. Forty-four percent of SMB channel partners either currently offer or plan to offer mobility aolutions, which is one channel partner for every 140 SMBs.