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Mobile employees now account for nearly half of workforce | From Visiage Mobile - http://www.visagemobile.com/

The number of mobile employees is constantly expanding as companies turn to enterprise mobility to increase productivity and deploy increasing numbers of mobile devices to meet demand. 

Perhaps more so than any other, last year was a bellwether for the expansion of enterprise mobile strategies. The introduction of countless new smartphones, coupled with the landmark release of Apple's iPad, gave companies more devices at their disposal than ever before.

Now, a new report on enterprise mobility is quantifying just how popular the practice is, as well as how much it is costing companies.

According to the Total Employee Mobility Report, mobile employees now make up an average of 45 percent of the workforce at responding companies. While that has provided these organizations with many benefits associated with being constantly connected, it has also produced several challenges, namely in terms of cost.

The report also revealed that responding companies spent an average of $7,350 per employee in 2010. That figure is the same regardless of whether or not employees”go mobile.”

The report failed to provide a specific breakdown of that investment. However, most mobile expense management policies encompass an employee's mobile devices, wireless services plan and any applications he or she may download. To ensure these costs don't exceed what the company is willing to spend on mobility, it is advised that IT departments deploy wireless expense management solutions to track mobile investments.

Seventy-two percent of respondents feel they are already effectively managing their mobile-workforce programs, according to the report.

In terms of the top benefit for mobility, employee satisfaction ranked atop the list, as cited by 26 percent. Other considerations included competitive advantage, at 25 percent, cost savings, at 22 percent, and corporate agility, at 16 percent.

The expansion of enterprise mobility should only accelerate as consumerization picks up. Employees are increasingly bringing devices from home to access corporate email and other data. While this is serving to solidify a company's mobile footing, it is also presenting numerous cost and security challenges that companies must address with enterprise mobility management policies and strategies.

This entry was posted by Mobility Management News Desk on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011 at 4:33 am and is filed under Managing Mobile Expenses News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a comment, or trackback from your own site.

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