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Why Mobile BI is Becoming Critical

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 24 May 2012, 04:54 Hrs
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Bangalore: Mobile BI is not a necessity for all workers in all industries. Certain workers stand to benefit most from obtaining analytics via mobile devices such as senior managers, sales and field service personnel or workers in the retail, manufacturing and healthcare industries.

According to recent research from the International Data Corporation (IDC), the total ‘Mobile Worker Population’ in the world is set to rise sharply which will strengthen the demand for Mobile BI across many industries. Stacy Crook, senior research analyst for IDC's Mobile Enterprise program said "Despite recent market turmoil, mobility continues to be a critical part of the global workforce. Our forecast shows that the worldwide mobile worker population will increase from just over 1 billion in 2010 to more than 1.3 billion by 2015."

IDC expects the growth rates to vary substantially between different regions. Although large gains are expected in the emerging and economically resilient economies of Asia-Pacific, the ongoing economic instability in the Americas will result in lackluster development.

Taking a regional point of view, the forecast predicts:

1.    The Americas region will see a rise in the number of mobile workers from 182.5 million in 2010 to 212.1 million in 2015. North America has the largest number of mobile workers in this zone, with 75 percent of its workforce mobile as of 2010.

2.    Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) will see the steepest rise in total number of mobile workers, hiking from 601.7 million in 2010 to 838.7 million in 2015. The IDC indicated that the continued economic expansion of populous nations, China and India, is the underlying cause for the predicted significant expansion of mobile workers in APAC.

3.    In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), the mobile workforce will undergo a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6 percent, growing from 186.2 million in 2010 to 244.6 million mobile workers in 2015.

4.    Japan would see a declining CAGR of 0.2 percent because of its declining population. Yet, the share of mobile workers is expected to reach a penetration rate of 64.8 percent of its workforce by 2015 with a total of 38.6 million mobile workers.

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