Research: Interest high in wearables despite low adoption rates

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Nearly everyone is talking about wearables for personal use, but find out how they're being used in business in Tech Pro Research's latest survey.

Wearables aren't a new concept, but they've gotten plenty of attention in the past few years as new products have arrived on the market due to advances in technology such as longer battery life and improved processors.

Tech Pro Research explored the use of wearables in the enterprise in an April 2014 survey. The survey showed that wearables are well known in the report that covered the survey's findings, Wearables in business: Deployment plans, anticipated benefits and adoption roadblocks, 42% of respondents said they'd had moderate to strong exposure to wearables, and another 50% said that while they hadn't seen wearables in action, they'd been following information on the topic.

92% are familiar with wearables.

While there has been plenty of exposure, only 11% of those surveyed said their organizations are using, implementing, or allocating budget for the future use of wearables. Another 25% said they're planning to implement but haven't established a budget, and a whopping 64% reported no interest or plans to deploy wearables.

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Only 11% have started using wearables, or have budgeted for future use.

Healthcare is the industry with the most deployment of wearables, with 54% of respondents reporting that they're either using wearable technology, in the midst of implementing, or planning to implement. The business services/consulting, IT and technology, and education sectors also showed strong interest in wearables, with organizations either already using them, currently implementing, or planning to implement.

Healthcare is where the most wearables are being used or planned for future use in the enterprise.

For those not using the devices, an oft-cited reason for not using wearables in the enterprise was "no business need." Other respondents said they're not using wearables because they're unsure of the value they bring, as well as security and privacy concerns.

Although estimates vary, wearable technology is obviously a growing industry, with Juniper Research predicting that worldwide spending on wearable technology will reach $19 billion by 2018.

Vendors can learn from Tech Pro Research's survey about what the enterprise needs from wearables before potential customers will implement the devices in business. Improving security and privacy, better explaining the benefits, and finding ways to allow wearables to improve productivity and give greater information access will be key to the evolving role of wearables in the enterprise.

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