American SMBs to spend $32 billion on mobility solutions in 2011


US
SMBs are likely to spend $32 billion on mobility solutions
in 2011. Overall, 81 percent of SMBs are either currently implementing or
planning to implement some type of Mobility Solution ranging from simple mobile
device based applications to sophisticated logistics solutions, according to a
study by Techaisle.

 

23
Percent 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 express a strong desire to integrate mobile solutions
with line of business applications as a way to derive greater business value
over time.

 

However,
significant barriers to adoption remain, top 3 being: Cost of Solution, Concern
for Theft & Data Privacy, and Data Service Pricing. With both Verizon and
AT&T discontinuing their unlimited data plan, hindrances become greater.

 

In
fact, Mobility adoption among SMBs is 28 percent higher than Cloud adoption,
according to Techaisle.

 

The
10-19 and 100-249 employee size businesses are exhibiting highest growth rates
for Mobility Solutions Spend. Irrespective of employee size categories, clear
attitudinal differences exist among SMBs adopting Mobility, creating three
different groups: Aggressive Adopters, Steady Movers and Fence Sitters. Nearly
17 percent fall into the Aggressive Adopters category which also shows highest
adoption of Smartphones and Tablets at 90 percent and 38 percent respectively.

 

The
corresponding Techaisle multi-country Channel survey shows that VARs have been
more active in offering Mobility Solutions as compared to other Channels. 44
Percent of SMB Channel Partners either currently offer or plan to offer
Mobility Solutions, which is 1 channel partner for every 140 SMBs.

By TelecomLead.com Team
editor@telecomlead.com