IT Leaders Give Smart Watches the Time of Day

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 07-14-2015 Email

Smart watches are favored by 81 percent of U.S. IT decision-makers, who believe their companies will deploy wearables within the next six months, according to a new survey. Regarding wearables in general, 39 percent of those who use or plan to use them will deploy solutions in the next six months, and 24 percent plan to deploy in the next 12 months. The hope is that wearables will drive productivity. The survey, "2015 US Enterprise Mobility: IT Decision-Maker Survey, March," was conducted by the 451 Research Yankee Group, a think tank that focuses on machine-to-machine tech and emerging technologies. It polled 2,000 enterprise mobility decision-makers at the end of the first quarter. "The release of Apple Watch has opened the floodgates governing wearables' adoption," said Ryan Martin, an analyst of IoT and wearable technologies. "But now that the river is running, it's less about where it will end and more about where, and when, to start. We expect wearable technology to deliver a key interface and input into the Industrial Internet of things." But Martin cautioned that improving the smart watch application ecosystem is just as, if not more, important for enterprises to adopt wearables.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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