Firms cautious to deploy cutting edge technology


Firms cautious to deploy cutting edge technology

Kathleen Hall

Most companies are taking a "wait and see" approach when it comes to implementing the latest technology, according to research from Motorola.

Just 19% of firms claimed to be the first in their sector to deploy new technologies, according to the poll of 267 organisations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Marco Landi, corporate vice president at Motorola Solutions, said the report's findings suggest that technology suppliers should focus on proving the business case for new deployments rather than simply highlighting features and benefits.

"Given the current economic climate there is an understandable air of caution around investments which is undoubtedly leading to reluctance to be the first to adopt," he added.

The media and telecoms industry sees itself as the most innovative sector, followed by manufacturing (28%) and transport and logistics (23%), found the survey.


Company trends

The vast majority of organisations in EMEA use WLAN (84%), mobile computers (81%) and VoIP (69%). Around half (52%) said that their organisation used wireless outdoor internet access.

RFID equipment is used by nearly a quarter of all organisations which were questioned for the survey (23%).

Around 49% use unified communications technologies, 47% use cloud computing and 40% use high quality video.

Some 40% are using corporate social media technologies suggesting that these are moving from the social side of computing to have a real impact in the workplace.

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