Spending More on Mobility Makes for Faster Corporate Growth

Spending More on Mobility Makes for Faster Corporate Growth

Does spending more money on mobile technology for your employees automatically translate into higher corporate growth?

A recent report suggests that the answer is a resounding, “Yes!” The 2011 Runzheimer International Total Employee Mobility Benchmark Report shows that high-growth organizations – those growing 10 percent or more annually – invested an average of $12,352 on each mobile employee, while lower growth companies – growing 1 percent or less annually – invested an average $7,830 per mobile employee. This suggests a direct correlation between higher investment in employee mobility and higher organizational growth.

“Investments in the mobile workforce can provide significant benefits to organizations, as evidenced by our TEM survey this year,” said Greg Harper, president of Runzheimer International. “To ensure a greater return on these costs, organizations must benchmark programs to identify improvements. Our annual report is an important way for companies to learn more about current mobile workforce trends and compare their organizations to other companies, providing an important measurement baseline.”

The report uncovered several key trends in mobility spending. For example, participants in the survey invested an average of $9,630 on each mobile employee. Mobility investments increased 4 percent over the 2010 figure of $9,280.

Other mobility-related technology and travel changes expected in 2012:

  • 37% of respondents anticipate an increase in travel program spending in the next year
  • 39% of respondents indicated an increase in relocation program spending in the next year
  • 67% of respondents anticipate an increase in international assignment program spending in the next year
  • 90% of respondents indicate smart phones as the most common type of mobile device
  • 67% of participants indicate telecommuting is available, but restricted to certain employee groups

These numbers are consistent with another survey released earlier this year: the IT Executive Outlook conducted by the Inavero Institute for TEKsystems. That study showed large projected investments being made in 2012 for mobility. For example, 54 percent of IT leaders said they were currently implementing or planning to implement mobility projects. Over three-quarters (76 percent) of healthcare IT leaders reported mobility projects were currently being implemented, or they plan to implement them by the end of the year.

So far, 2012 truly looks like the year of bring-your-own-device (BYOD). And it may just be the beginning of a new mobile world. By 2017, the global enterprise mobility market will be nearly $174 billion, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts.

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  1. gold account

    “Investments in the mobile workforce can provide significant benefits to organizations, as evidenced by our TEM survey this year,” said Greg Harper, president of Runzheimer International. “To ensure a greater return on these costs, organizations must benchmark programs to identify improvements. Our annual report is an important way for companies to learn more about current mobile workforce trends and compare their organizations to other companies, providing an important measurement baseline.” The report uncovered several key trends in mobility spending. For example, participants in the survey invested an average of $9,630 on each mobile employee. Mobility investments increased 4 percent over the 2010 figure of $9,280.

  2. gold account

    A recent found that mobile-connected devices will exceed the world population in 2012. Adding to this, internet traffic, per smartphone, is growing at 77 percent per year and internet traffic per tablet is growing at 52 percent per year. The consumerisation of IT and mobility has now moved beyond the ‘tipping point’ and is a reality in today’s working environment.

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