This IDC Survey Spotlight compared data from two different surveys: IDC's 2016 Enterprises Device Survey and 2017 Enterprises Device Survey on the current state of wearables deployment within the enterprise.
"Within a year's time, we've seen a change of companies going from not using wearables to putting wearables through trial or limited usage," says Ramon T. Llamas, research director for IDC's Wearables Team. "That presents opportunities on multiple fronts: for IT buyers, wearables represent a new device category that can improve productivity and worker health. For suppliers, it means providing the right hardware and software solutions for a myriad of use cases. For workers, it means leveraging what has been mostly a consumer-centric solution into the workplace, opening up the door for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) opportunities and threats."
"The data from this IDC Survey Spotlight should also inform those companies that have not yet even considered deploying wearables to their workforce," adds Llamas. "In 2016, 61% of our survey respondents said that they were not deploying wearables. A year later, that number dropped down to 33% — a strong indication that companies are moving toward at least trial deployment. Considering it is still early days for wearables in the enterprise, the data from this survey underscores how enterprises are moving quickly to explore wearables' potential."