IT Leaders Give Smart Watches the Time of Day

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 07-14-2015 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    IT Leaders Give Smart Watches the Time of Day

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    Enterprises Want Wearables to Improve Productivity
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    Enterprises Want Wearables to Improve Productivity

    The top five productivity drivers for company use of wearable computing and augmented reality technologies are: Improve current business processes: 48%, Gain a competitive advantage: 46%, Create new business processes: 38%, Provide levels of safety for employees: 28%, Improve or extend engagement with customers: 21%
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    Of All Wearables, Smart Watches Are Favored
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    Of All Wearables, Smart Watches Are Favored

    Asked what types of wearable devices their company plans to use in the next six months, respondents answered as follows: Smart watches: 81%, Heads-up displays/smart glasses: 54%, Fitness trackers: 28%
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    Security Concerns

    A majority of respondents have security concerns regarding smart watches. Here are the top three: Privacy concerns for employees who are wearing devices: 50%, Theft of wearable devices for employees: 46%, Privacy concerns for customers wearing devices: 40%
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    Wearable Device Policies Are Needed
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    Wearable Device Policies Are Needed

    Companies have not yet created policies for wearable computing and augmented reality technologies. 49% said they plan to create new management and security policies. Another 49% said they plan to manage and secure wearables the way they handle smartphone and tablet security.
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    IT Execs Decide About Wearables
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    IT Execs Decide About Wearables

    IT decision-makers are in charge of wearable technology solutions. 59% of IT executives compared to 33% of executive management decide whether to purchase wearables.
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    Apps and Higher-Level OS Needed
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    Apps and Higher-Level OS Needed

    "The leap from Bluetooth-enabled accessory to intelligent, Internet-connected companion means more than adding cellular and Wi-Fi radios (though these are important as well). Software and application creation, combined with a higher level operating system, must take place for wearables to deliver real business value," the report states.
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    App Acquisition Strategies Vary
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    App Acquisition Strategies Vary

    52% of respondents said they will build custom applications internally, 41% will buy off-the-shelf applications, and 39% will contract outside developers.
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    With the rise of IoT, smart watches may be placed on the back burner as enterprises put effort into managing sensors. But smart watches present another potential avenue for hackers to access larger pools of enterprise data, and security remains a top concern.
 

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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