Zebra Technologies has revealed that the number of truly ‘intelligent’ enterprises jumped 20 percentage points across Asia Pacific (APAC) compared to 2017; a 10-fold increase over a 12 month period.
Furthermore, organisations across the region are demonstrating a much greater reliance on the channel, with 54 per cent of enterprises now using a strategic partner to manage their entire Internet of Things (IoT) solution, compared to 40 per cent globally.
These results were part of Zebra’s second annual ‘Intelligent Enterprise Index’ in which enterprises across the globe were surveyed to measure their progress in becoming an ‘intelligent enterprise.’
“As new technologies continue to transform the front line of business, real-time data-driven signals at the edge of operations are empowering front-line workers with the right information to optimise actions and outcomes,” said Tom Bianculli, CTO of Zebra Technologies.
“Based on our second annual Index, it is clear that more companies acknowledge the value of leveraging IoT strategies, and they will continue to propel adoption and investment in the future."
Overall, the number of organisations globally defined as an ‘intelligence enterprise’ doubled in 2018 compared to the results from the 2017 study, from five per cent to 10 per cent of organisations, scoring more than 75 points on the overall index.
In APAC, the average score increased 49 points in 2017 to 63 points in 2018 indicating a rapid adoption of intelligence solutions across the region, particularly IoT deployments and investments, with many organisations acknowledging IoT as a core component for driving growth across their organisations.
The findings reveal that the average annual spend on IoT is up four per cent year-over-year globally, rising to 12 per cent across APAC, while 86 per cent surveyed globally expect that number to increase in the next 1-2 years, with nearly half anticipating investment growth of 11-20 per cent.
As employees become more receptive to new technologies, the number of companies that expect resistance to their IoT plans moving forward has dropped from 75 per cent in 2017 to 64 per cent this year.
Furthermore, the survey found that 52 per cent of respondents globally say information from their IoT solutions is shared with employees in real or near-real time, up from 37 per cent compared to last year’s Index, underscoring the increased need for collaborative mobile workflows.
APAC companies are more advanced in this area, with 58 per cent of companies sharing data with employees in such frequency, with two-thirds of those surveyed globally having a plan on how to organise and analyse their data, up 10 per cent compared to last year.
Real-time analytics (66 per cent) and security (63 per cent) were reported as the most prevalent elements of a company’s data management plan.
In should be no surprise that security is seen as a top priority across the enterprise, with organisations taking a more proactive, thorough approach when it comes to employing security standards within their IoT solutions.
The Index revealed an 18 percentage point increase in the number of companies that are constantly – versus routinely – monitoring their IoT security to ensure privacy and integrity. In APAC, the increase was 20 percentage points from a year ago.