A survey of IT decision makers from nine countries found that the interest in mobile ERP solutions is growing. While not every company has adopted ERP, the IDC report determined that some have earmarked funding in budgets to invest in the solutions that help develop more efficient business operations.
IDC found that about 46 percent of companies surveyed in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Poland, Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and France still do not have a mobile ERP solution in place.
One industry expert said the lack of these ERP solutions is "surprisingly high," especially because the companies surveyed bring in at least $100 million in revenue each year, CFO World reported.
However, 14 percent of the companies that do not have a mobile ERP system said they have dedicated funding for mobility investments, the survey found.
Among the companies that have solutions in place, one in every $10 of their IT budgets are dedicated to mobile ERP solutions, which confirms the importance of mobile devices in the workplace. And 59 percent of survey participants said they expected their company to invest further in ERP systems to increase efficiencies.
CFO World reported on how mobile ERP is taking off specifically for Australian companies. The article stated that for businesses on the island continent, roll out of tablets, mobile device management, and adoption of smartphones, tablets and enterprise apps are the top three areas of investment.
“It is clear that future focus will be aimed at integrating mobility to create value, especially in customer relations management, business development, and improving employee efficiency,” IDC Program Director Jason Andersson said. “Companies are clearly preparing for a growing mobile workforce and the changes it brings. However, there is a strong need to increase understanding of how to secure mobile devices and tablets."