A study released by ACA Research in December 2004 and commissioned by Telstra, revealed that half of all Australian businesses were planning to implement mobile data technology during 2005 to 2007.
The survey of 100 IT and non-IT company executives throughout Australia found that, of those who had planned to implement wireless technology, most already had an allocated budget. Also 46% of all respondents were found to have set aside funds for mobile solutions for their respective companies in the 2004-2005 financial year.
Regarding the key benefits of running mobile data applications, participants ranked sending and receiving e-mail highest (90%), followed by accessing corporate intranets (85%), Internet connection (79%) and operating office systems and databases (80%).
Concerns revealed by respondents, especially amongst non-IT managers, included data security and the costs associated with implementing mobile technology.
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