India’s Mobile Workforce Set to Explode in Next Four Years

• India’s mobile workforce expected to grow 53%, reaching 205 million by 2015
• Nearly two-thirds of India’s mobile workforce to own smart mobile device by 2015
• India Inc. lags rest of world in enterprise mobile adoption

NEW DELHI, India, 15 June 2011 – A new report released today by Springboard Research, finds that India’s mobile workforce will grow 53% over next 4 years to reach 205 million by 2015, out of which as many as 65% will be equipped with smart mobile devices. However, while India has one of the world’s largest and fastest growing mobile subscriber bases, enterprise adoption of mobile strategies is still at a nascent stage.

The Springboard Research report states that “With today’s consumers becoming increasingly mobile and well informed, enterprises must follow suit. A mobile enterprise can experience a range of business benefits including operational efficiency and enhanced customer interaction and engagement. The resulting upside in productivity, revenue and market share cannot be ignored by Indian CXOs.”

The new report titled, ‘Moving Towards a Mobile Enterprise – Journey of India Inc.’ suggests a four-phased roadmap for companies embarking on a mobile enterprise strategy.
1. Conventional Mobility: basic apps such as e-mail, messaging, contacts, and calendar.
2. Automated Workforce: critical apps like ERP, CRM and salesforce automation. This allows mobile workers to minimize paperwork, reduce back-to-office visits, improve productivity, and achieve higher sales closing ratio.
3. Always Connected: apps that extend real-time communication and collaboration capabilities to employees anytime, anywhere, and on any device.
4. Pervasive Mobility: apps that integrate function-specific applications to enhance brand image and bring efficiencies in internal operations such as finance and human resources.

Comments on the News:
• “We are in the post-PC era where the most important apps are being developed on mobile platforms first. Sales, customer service, marketing, finance, HR – teams need access to real time information to meet the demands of today’s business environment,” said Steve McWhirter, SVP, Enterprise Sales, salesforce.com, Asia Pacific. “Salesforce Mobile and Chatter Mobile keep customers connected to people, data, records, and dashboards -- straight from today’s most popular mobile devices including the iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, and Android.”
• “Today's new environment is characterized by social media, smart devices and instant conversations. This changed backdrop demands that we have access to real time data to seize business opportunities on-the-go. Salesforce Mobile offers us that flexibility,” said Narasimha Subrahmanian, Managing Director, Essae Technologys Pvt. Ltd. “Our field sales and service executives access customer data, record daily activities, enter new leads, opportunities, service logs and access the accounts/contacts database from anywhere using Salesforce Mobile enabled Blackberrys. We are able to respond to any situation effectively as updates on team activities, dashboards and customer insights are available on finger tips, ultimately strengthening our relationship with customers.”

Other Resources:
• Read the Springboard Report: Moving Towards a Mobile Enterprise – Journey of India Inc
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