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Businesses relying more on mobile technology

BMO survey reports 64% use phones or tablets to run their businesses.


Over a third of Canadian businesses are covering the costs of employees’ mobile devices.  Photo: Samsung

Over a third of Canadian businesses are covering the costs of employees’ mobile devices.
Photo: Samsung

TORONTO — More than half of Canadian employers (57%) are relying on mobile technology – such as a smart phone or tablet – to do their jobs effectively, according to a BMO Bank of Montreal survey.

Business owners are also becoming more reliant on mobile technology, with two-thirds (64%) using it to run their organizations. And 30% of decision makers report they could not do their job without their mobile device. Still, 10% of business owners do not rely on a mobile device at all.

Thirty-nine per cent of business owners provide their employees with all or most of their mobile devices while 38% report their employees use personal devices at work.

Companies weigh the considerations of upfront investment in equipment, security concerns and compatibility issues before deciding whether employees should be provided with a company device or whether they should bring their own.

Business owners in Ontario (69%) and BC (68%) are the most reliant on mobile devices to run their companies.

Half (50%) of the companies in Quebec provide mobile devices to their employees, compared to one-third (33%) of those in the Prairies.

Companies in the Prairies (47%) and BC (44%) were the most likely to bring their own device to work.

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