This IDC Survey Spotlight looks at results from our annual Enterprise Device Survey centering on wearables. We asked 500 IT buyers at what stage they were using wearables in the workplace and compared the results against the same question — but different audiences — from 2017 and 2016. In addition, we asked what type of wearable devices were in use at their organization: only fitness trackers, only smartwatches, or both.
"The results from this survey highlight how wearables are establishing themselves within the enterprise," says Ramon T. Llamas. "Back in 2016, the majority of survey respondents indicated that they were not deploying wearables at all. Just two years later, the majority of respondents indicated that they have deployed wearables with select groups. This marks a strong step forward, showing how wearables can play a role in the health of employees at a minimum and even drive productivity in more extreme cases."
"Given the trend toward greater adoption, companies that have not adopted wearables yet should strongly consider how wearables can benefit their workplace," adds Ramon T. Llamas, research director, IDC's Wearables program. "For those companies that have adopted wearables, this means revisiting their solutions — including hardware and software — to improve their overall experiences and even uncover new ones."