Over 95% of South African employees are using mobile devices to do business and this is impacting the future of mobility, according to a recent survey by Dell and Microsoft.
The high demand for mobile devices and applications in business has influenced a new generation of mobile devices, and will impact innovation.
Ultrabooks are expected to be the preferred choice for business mobile devices in the future, with 34% of respondents indicating a preference for ultrabooks, while 31% indicated a preference for tablets.
Most smart devices are used for email messaging (91%) and Internet browsing (88%), according to the survey results.
Over 38% of respondents rely on their mobile device outside of the office for business productivity, connectivity, and as a sales tool.
In response to this, 85% of organisations now offer a selection of smartphones, notebooks, ultrabooks, tablets, and desktops to their employees.
The survey also found that IT departments are under pressure to accommodate employee demands for wireless access to business systems from any location.
The research was carried out by Dell in association with Microsoft and surveyed IT professionals from companies with more than 250 employees.
Respondents were sourced from a range of sectors, including education, technology, finance, and engineering.
The infographic below details the results of the survey.