Investments are increasing; the number of fully networked companies has doubled in 2018 compared to the previous year. With these core results, Zebra Technologies Corporation recently presented the content from The Intelligent Enterprise Survey.
The online survey was conducted from August 6 to September 14, 2018 in companies from various industries. These included healthcare, manufacturing, retail, transport and logistics.
A total of 918 IT decision-makers from nine markets were surveyed – including the USA, Great Britain, France, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, China, India and Japan.
Eleven metrics were used to determine where companies are on their way to becoming a networked enterprise through The Intelligent Enterprise Survey: IoT vision, business engagement, technology and solution partners, implementation plan, change management plan, field applications, security & standards, schedule, architecture/infrastructure, data plan and intelligent analysis.
These criteria were developed by experts and decision-makers from various industries at the “Strategic Innovation Symposium 2016: The Intelligent Enterprise”, hosted by Zebra together with the Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard (TECH).
Companies are increasingly relying on cooperation partners. 40 percent of the companies surveyed stated that they use a strategic partner to manage their entire IoT solution, 21 percent more than in 2017. This trust in third-party expertise is an important indicator that a company is committed to the intelligent use of data and the introduction of IoT.
Performance advantage through IoT
52 percent of the companies surveyed by The Intelligent Enterprise survey worldwide state that they share information from IoT solutions with their employees in real time (or near real time). This represents an increase of 37 percent over the previous year and underscores the increased need for collaborative, mobile workflows.
In addition, two-thirds of respondents created a plan to organize and analyze their data. This is 10 percent more than last year. Real-time analysis (66 percent) and security (63 percent) are cited as the most important elements of a company’s data management plan. 47 percent of the companies surveyed in the EMEA region provide their employees with information from IoT solutions in real time or near real time. This is an increase of 19 percentage points over the previous year. Companies in the EMEA region, in particular, provide employees with direct customer contact with concrete usable data. For example, 27 percent of respondents stated that they provide their employees with data-supported insights at the forefront.
Networking is also progressing in Germany: 54 percent of the companies surveyed have an IoT vision and are already acting on it, a further 40 percent are currently developing a plan for IoT implementation; 39 percent have already implemented their IoT plan, and a further 60 percent want to follow suit within the next two to three years at the latest.
The average annual investment in IoT has continued to rise – in Germany, 48 percent of companies spend over $1 million a year on IoT solutions, and 79 percent expect further investment increases over the next few years.
In view of the continuing threat situation, IoT security remains an important issue: 95 percent of the companies surveyed carry out IoT security checks, a total of 62 percent (2017: 49 percent) monitor IoT security permanently (Germany: 61 percent), while 38 percent check regularly. In Germany, the three most frequently used technologies in connection with IoT solutions are currently smartphones (75 percent), barcodes (75 percent) and mobile computers (71 percent).
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