Mobile technology investment a growing priority for APAC organizations

Smartphone users in IndiaMobile technology investment is key to improving business performance, says a new study conducted on Asia-Pacific’s leading organizations.

The study, conducted by Zebra Technologies, reveals mobile technology investment to be a growing priority for up to 60 percent of Asia-Pacific organizations.

The companies are ready to invest in disruptive technologies and enterprise mobile devices to enhance front-line worker productivity and customer satisfaction in field operations including fleet management, field services, proof of delivery and direct store delivery workflows, the survey said.

The survey highlighted three key trends that are driving changes for field operations across Asia-Pacific: growing expectations of performance and convenience from end customers, the replacement of paper in the field by mobile technology, and the disruptions to field operations caused by emerging technologies and faster networks.

“In Asia Pacific including India more than half of the organizations have a mobile-first mindset when it comes to adopting enterprise-wide mobile and emerging technologies,” said Deep Agarwal, regional sales director of India, Zebra Technologies.

Key findings from the survey:

In Asia-Pacific, up to 44 percent of the organizations view mobility investment as a top priority.

58 percent of Asia-Pacific organizations are expanding mobile technology to enterprise-wide use – reaching 97 percent by 2023.

From 2018 to 2023, the use of handheld mobile computers with built-in barcode scanners in Asia-Pacific is forecasted to grow by 41 percent, mobile printers by 60 percent and rugged tablets by 57 percent.

The higher levels of inventory, shipment, and asset accuracy provided by these devices is expected to increase business revenues.

Tertiary concerns and post-sale factors are important for organizations when evaluating front-line worker enterprise mobile devices.

Mobile-first organizations in Asia-Pacific are conducting total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis prior to a major capital expenditure on mobile technology up to 83 percent of the time.

Only 34 percent of the survey respondents believe that consumer smartphones have better TCO than rugged devices.

Mobile-first organizations in Asia-Pacific tend to be early adopters of emerging efficiency-boosting field operations technologies.

Mobile-first organizations in Asia-Pacific are expected to:

Implement the use of sensors, radio frequency identification (RFID) and intelligent labels from 76 percent to 98 percent from end 2018 till 2023.

Make greater use of augmented reality applications from 68 percent to 95 percent from end 2018 till 2023, which can make detail-oriented workflows such as merchandising much more efficient.

Have greater use of blockchain from 68 percent to 96 percent from end 2018 till 2023 to track goods’ chains of custody or document service by multiple partnering firms.