Record number of enterprises becoming “intelligent”: Zebra Study

Security remains top priority as more enterprises start to scale IoT

There’s now more urgency to delivery actionable intelligence to the edge of the enterprise, said Ehlers.
There’s now more urgency to delivery actionable intelligence to the edge of the enterprise, said Ehlers.

Sixty one percent of enterprises worldwide are on the path to becoming “intelligent,” compared to only 49% in 2018, a new report by Zebra Technologies says.

The annual “Intelligent Enterprise Index” analyses the extent to which companies connect the physical and digital worlds to drive innovation through real-time guidance, data-powered environments and collaborative mobile workflows. Scores are calculated using 11 criteria that include Internet of Things (IoT) vision, adoption, data management, intelligent analysis and more.

Based on these criteria and driven by pressure to improve the customer experience, retail organisations have gained the most momentum in the last 12 months, graduating from the bottom of the 2018 vertical Index rankings to nearly the top of the 2019 list, second only to healthcare, the survey shows.

The number of companies defined as truly “intelligent enterprises” by achieving a score of 75 points or greater on the Index has also risen year over year. Seventeen percent of organisations with at least 250 employees crossed this threshold in 2019 versus only eleven percent in 2018. Interestingly, 37% of surveyed small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with 50-249 employees scored 75 points or greater on the Index, indicating SMBs with an IoT vision are in many cases more “intelligent” than large enterprises.

“When we launched the Intelligent Enterprise Index three years ago, many enterprises were trying to understand where and how IoT solutions could be best applied within their unique business environments,” said Drew Ehlers, global futurist, Zebra Technologies. “We now see more urgency to improve operational visibility and facilitate the delivery of actionable intelligence all the way to the edge of the enterprise. I believe that is why enterprises are now demonstrating a much greater commitment to executing their IoT plans and why we’ll likely see a surge in investments over the next few years.”

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