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Mobility grabs lion's share of IT budget increases

Antony Savvas

Corporate spend on mobile technology will grow up to eight times faster than spending on other IT this year.

A survey of 100 enterprise IT buyers, conducted by Quocirca on behalf of mobile operator O2, reported that a third of respondents said they would increase their mobile spend by 20%. This compared with an average 2.5% for traditional IT spend.

The survey also found that 70% of firms offered some level of mobile e-mail to staff, and 38% provided or were about to provide mobile access to other business systems.

In addition, 62% said they expected to deploy mobile laptop data cards this year. 
 
Rob Bamforth, Quocirca research analyst, said, "Businesses are clearly thinking hard about the possibilities of mobile, and many are already seeing substantial benefits from mobile e-mail, but the real value to them will come when they combine this with access to their critical and fundamental services - the rest of IT."


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