12 December 01, Basingstoke, UK - Mobile workers have access to corporate data in theory, but technology is too slow to make it a reality, according to a survey recently commissioned by iOra (www.iOra.com). The survey found that 86% of mobile workers, definded as those using a laptop PC to do their jobs whilst out on the road, have access to corporate data via email, and 76% have dial up access to the corporate intranet.
However, iOra - a supplier of solutions for managing mobile content - found that the top two issues for companies relying on mobile workers was the large amounts of time spent downloading data and loss of productivity whilst trying to access data. This indicates that the potential gains in productivity due to mobile workers being in the field and more easily able to respond to clients' needs, are lost because so much time is taken up by poor infrastructure and low bandwidth connections to vital data. 83% of companies recognise the need to improve this situation and already have plans to move the situation forward.
Paddy Falls, CEO and co-founder of iOra commented, "Companies recognise the need to equip mobile workers with access to corporate data, but the infrastructure is still evolving. GPRS will go some way towards improving the situation, but download times will still be slow, and the cost to companies for these services will be much higher."
The survey highlighted that many companies are showing interest in new technologies such as GPRS, Bluetooth and PDAs for enabling mobile workers. 50% of companies are looking at 2.5G technology, and a similar number are considering rolling out PDAs to mobile workers. Bluetooth is also receiving a lot of attention with over 40% of companies registering an interest, while 65% are looking at new ways to manage content delivery to mobile workers.
Steve Barry, analyst with Bloor Research said, "As the use of mobile devices increases, the need to maintain a consistent view of corporate information is going to be a major issue. Today, the major requirement is for laptop users to be able to keep their local systems up to date but the same will apply to wireless and other mobile devices as they become more popular within businesses."
Falls continues, "Products like iOra's Mobile Intranet are designed to speed up the download process by comparing documents and synchronising just the changes. The data is then further compressed giving document download times that are up to 100 times faster than more traditional methods. Documents held on laptops will be automatically updated whenever the mobile worker logs onto the internet or dials up to collect email. The changes are applied in the background so that the worker never needs to think about whether they have the latest or correct version of a document."
"iOra has considered the implications of poor connectivity, restricted bandwidth and open networks and come up with a solution that is robust, efficient and secure." Barry concludes.
Taken from a Survey commissioned by iOra in November 2001 on
Mobile Working and Technology.
For a copy of the full Survey Findings please contact
Andreina West on 01491 636191.
NOTES TO EDITORS
iOra develops and markets Mobile Content Management solutions. iOra's family of products allows businesses to provide up-to-date business-critical information to remote and mobile users, with the benefits of improved management and security of information.
iOra's Mobile Intranet product enables businesses to deliver centralized Intranet content to mobile professionals and supports dialup, wireless, and offline access - helping businesses to increase revenue, reduce costs, and improve productivity.
iOra's approach enables immediate access to business critical information by providing offline access, with high-speed synchronization over low bandwidth dialup and wireless connections. Mobile Intranet supports Intranet content hosted on any Intranet server technology, including Microsoft and Lotus Domino servers. Mobile Intranet ensures that the content - including file and document links and attachments - is made available to mobile field workers even when no connection is available.
Benefits to businesses include:
- Mobile professionals have instant access to critical information anytime, anywhere ¡V with or without a dialup or wireless connection
- Information owners and management can deliver the same information to all users
- Productivity and customer service is increased
- Reduction in connection and download times
- Reduction in dialup and wireless costs
- Optimized use of existing dialup and wireless bandwidth
At the heart of iOra's Mobile Intranet product is its unique, patent-pending, Epsilon Technology, which performs Internet updates at up to 100 times faster than competitive products. Using Epsilon Technology, updated information can be transparently downloaded during normal email or browsing activity - even over low-bandwidth dialup and wireless connections.
iOra was started in 1997 by four internet data replication experts who have worked together since 1989. In 1999 iOra received m in Venture funding from MTI Partners.
Over the past 18 months, iOra has won numerous independent awards, including e25-listing and a DTI Smart Award.
For more information visit: http://www.iora.com
Geoff Wells, iOra Ltd,
+44 (0) 1256 307823
Andreina West, PR Artistry Ltd,
+44 (0) 1491 636191
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