Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage
Industry Survey: Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage Prepared by Rysavy Research March, 2013 R E S E A R C H © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 2 Overview Mobile deployments that rely on cellular data services for access and connectivity are becoming an integral part of field operations. Our 2012 Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage survey captures responses from more than 400 networking professionals from a variety of industries to paint a picture of the state of cellular data deployments: the value of these initiatives, current practices and challenges, and uncovers where there might be shortfalls and opportunities to improve efficiency and effectiveness as we look toward the future of mobile data. A cellular data deployment is defined as a technology deployment that involves enterprise mobile employees accessing business applications - such as Computer Added Dispatch (CAD), work order or CRM applications - through cellular data networks in the field. It is limited to the usage of cellular data only (not voice) by mobile employees on company-owned devices such as laptops, tablets or handhelds. Insights In general, the survey brought to light a number of key insights that enterprises in all industries can build on when deciding how to invest in mobile data deployments: • Data deployments are critical: An overwhelming majority of respondents state that mobile data deployments are key to organizational success. • Connectivity is the No. 1 concern: A majority of respondents cite reliability of connections as their top concern, more important than cost, security, or visibility. • Organizations need troubleshooting tools: There is a critical need for off-the-shelf tools that help troubleshoot the everyday problems that arise with mobile data deployments that rely on cellular connectivity. • They also need guidance for choosing carriers and gear: Most respondents find it difficult to tell which carriers have the best coverage and add that they often just use the devices provided by the carriers they choose. • There’s no definitive way to quantify cellular performance: Respondents varied in their responses about what they can measure, with nearly half indicating they have no capability whatsoever to gather data on their cellular deployments. Survey Methodology NetMotion Wireless developed and conducted this survey in consultation with Rysavy Research, a consulting firm that analyzes market direction and technology evolution in the wireless technology arena. In addition, the industry publication Field Technologies Online served as a partner in identifying and soliciting qualified respondents. The majority of the survey consisted of multiple-choice questions, with open-ended responses as an option to capture additional information. In a few instances, participants were asked whether a particular aspect of managing their cellular data deployments is difficult or not difficult, which led to differential questions about the supporting practices that uncovered additional insights. It is our hope that readers can use our findings to learn from their peers and improve their cellular data deployments, bringing them into closer alignment with specific business and organizational needs. R E S E A R C H © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 3 Survey Demographics Responses came from individuals in North America across various industries who expressed interest in wireless technologies. Of the 408 respondents, a total of 392, or 96%, indicated that they are in the target segment for the survey — specifically, an organization that uses laptops, tablets, or smartphones with cellular data plans provided and paid for by the company. Key Conclusions Overall Importance of Data Deployment Almost 95% said their cellular data deployments are important to the fundamental operations of their organizations, with an astounding 80% choosing “very important.” Clearly, cellular data deployments are essential and integral to organizational operations and success. Satisfaction with Deployment Approximately 95% of respondents are, to some degree, satisfied with their current cellular deployments (25% very satisfied, 20% satisfied, 50% somewhat satisfied). Although results vary based on the carrier in use, it is clear that cellular data access does not just align with the organizational need as revealed above; it aligns extremely well, in everyday practice. However, the fact that 50% selected Somewhat Satisfied indicates there is ample room for improvement. Top Concerns By far, improving the reliability of connections is the top concern among survey respondents, with almost 55% choosing it as their No. 1 priority. Moreover, they chose it three times more often than any of the other “top concerns” offered: security, cost control and the need for greater visibility into the deployment. Troubleshooting In more than half of cellular deployments there are no tools whatsoever for troubleshooting and management. Where such tools are used, they are partial solutions that span either the device or carrier realm, but not both. Given that lack, it falls to users to report issues. The most common complaint is dropped connections, reported by 56%. The next most commonly mentioned issues, in percentages ranging from 42% to 21%, are slow data transfers, an inability to connect, device issues and trouble accessing corporate networks and applications. Of those who said troubleshooting is not difficult, most rely on indirect methods: assessing issues with users over the phone, referring problems to the carrier or performing drive tests. Among those who said that troubleshooting is difficult, the factors that most contribute to the difficulties are challenges in replicating issues, a lack of tools able to reveal the true coverage users are getting and the time-consuming nature of performing drive tests (measuring items such as type of connection available, signal strength, and throughput rates across the coverage area). Industries represented included: • Biomedical • Construction • Consulting and professional services • Distribution • Education • Emergency medical services • Financial services • Government • Healthcare • Insurance • Manufacturing and distribution • Oil and gas • Public safety • Real estate • Recycling services • Retail • Telecommunications • Transportation • Utilities © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 4 Devices and Carriers USB-connected modems are the most popular among respondents, used in nearly half of all organizations surveyed. These are followed in order by built-in modems, PCMCIA modems and Mi-Fi hotspots. As for modem selection methods, most either use the modems provided by the carrier (37%) or choose based on in-house performance testing (28%). Less than 5% choose based on price. Verizon Wireless is the most-used carrier (60%), followed by AT&T (37%) and Sprint Nextel (26%). Telus, Rogers and Bell were all mentioned by Canadian respondents. One-third of respondents maintain contracts with multiple carriers. Those who said carrier selection is not difficult generally make the choice based on coverage, which, at 42%, was mentioned more than twice as often as other factors, including pre-existing relationships or price. Among those who report that carrier selection is a challenge, more than three-quarters (78%) say that it is difficult to tell which provider has the best coverage for their service areas. From the data, we conclude that difficulty in carrier choice is caused by a lack of empirical data about connection reliability, throughput and levels of use. And, whether a respondent reports that carrier choice is challenging or not, the most important factor is coverage area. Other factors making selection challenging are the difficulty of understanding pricing given complex plan structures (61%) and the difficulty of understanding relative network performance (41%). So to a large extent, whether a respondent reports that carrier selection is difficult or not depends on the degree to which carrier coverage maps are considered reliable. Tracking and Inventory While the majority of respondents report that tracking cellular device inventory is not a challenge, those organizations rely on manual methods, such as Excel spreadsheets and homegrown databases, or derive that information from the carrier. Those who say that task is a challenge lament the time that manual methods take (54%) and the lack of automated inventory tools (50%). One-third report the problem is a lack of visibility into either what the modem is being used for or the identity of the modem’s user. Clearly, both groups could benefit from an automated solution. Measurement Capabilities Finally, we asked respondents about their ability to measure certain aspects of cellular data use. The capacity to gather these and others statistics ultimately impacts the ability to give field workers reliable connections and performance, keep investments right-sized for the business, and keep costs under control. No more than one- quarter of respondents indicate they can measure any one aspect, and nearly half are flying completely blind. Conclusions Our survey findings indicate that while cellular data deployments are seen as essential to business success, there are issues that collectively speak to a greater need for visibility into how this critical cellular data service is performing. These visibility issues include a need for statistics on connection reliability and cellular network performance; the data to make informed carrier choices; and the ability to understand coverage, track inventory and troubleshoot effectively. Most organizations are making do with an assortment of tools, none of which represents a complete solution. Given the importance of mobile deployments as well as the investments in these efforts, tools that provide this visibility have the potential to allow organizations to quantify and improve the return on their investments in cellular data connectivity. There are issues that collectively speak to a greater need for visibility into how this critical cellular data service is performing. “ “ © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 5 Survey Results This section comprises the complete range of survey questions and responses, with additional analysis, commentary and interpretation. Cellular Data Deployment and the Organization Overall Importance of Data Deployment To understand the role a cellular data deployment plays in overall organizational success, we asked how important the deployment is to operations. Almost 80% said the deployment is very important, with an additional 15% selecting somewhat important, for an aggregate of 95%. At the other extreme, only 1% said not important; and while “not important at all” was offered as a choice, no respondent selected it. The data shows that cellular data deployments are essential and integral to organizational operations and success. Satisfaction with Deployment To obtain a broad gauge of how the cellular data deployment is performing, we asked respondents about their satisfaction levels. One-quarter said they are very satisfied, half said they are somewhat satisfied, and 20% said satisfied. On the negative side, 5% said they are dissatisfied, and one respondent said very dissatisfied. Overall, satisfaction rates indicate that cellular data access is generally supportive of and a good fit for field operations. However, that 50% declared themselves only Somewhat Satisfied suggests ample room for improvement — especially given the importance of cellular data to the business. Through the rest of the survey, we aimed to uncover not just what prevailing practices are, but where and how those practices could be improved to better contribute to organizational success. How important is your cellular data deployment (i.e. using laptops, handhelds and tablets to remotely access corporate networks and applications) to the day-to-day operations of your organization? Not Important At All Not Important Neutral Somewhat Important Very Important 276 79.3% 54 15.3% 4 1.1% 15 4.3% How important is your cellular data deployment to the day-to-day operations of your organization? Satisfied Very Satisfied How satised are you with the overall performance of your current cellular data deployment? Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Somewhat Satisfied 1 0.3% 17 4.8% 71 20.2% 175 49.7%88 25.0% How satisfied are you with the overall performance of your current cellular data deployment? Satisfied Very Satisfied How satised are you with the overall performance of your current cellular data deployment? Very Dissatisfied Dissatisfied Somewhat Satisfied 1 0.3% 17 4.8% 71 20.2% 175 49.7%88 25.0% © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 6 Top Concern with Deployment To ferret out specific problems that could be addressed, we asked respondents to identify the top concerns with their cellular data deployments. Improving the reliability of connections is the top concern for the majority, chosen by almost 55%. Security, cost control and better visibility into where and how devices are used are top factors for some. However, note that connection reliability was named three times more often than any of these other factors. In addition, while few specified “other,” the open-ended responses were unusually consistent in that nearly all said the top concern was either “speed” or “throughput.” Overall, the reliability and performance of a cellular data deployment is of greater concern than security, cost or visibility into device use. 10 2.8% What is your top concern regarding your cellular data deployment? Other How to get better visibilty into where and how devices are used How to better control costs How to make it more secure How to make connectivity more reliable 33 9.4% 55 15.6% 62 17.6% 192 54.5% 10 2.8% What is your top concern regarding your cellular data deployment? Other How to get better visibilty into where and how devices are used How to better control costs How to make it more secure How to make connectivity more reliable 33 9.4% 55 15.6% 62 17.6% 192 54.5% What is your top concern regarding your cellular data deployment? © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 7 Troubleshooting Use of Tools to Troubleshoot and Manage Our question about the use of tools to troubleshoot and manage allowed two choices: “None” or an open-ended response that elicited wide-ranging answers. Some described procedures, some product categories, some specific brand names. We “rolled up” these responses into broader categories to deliver statistically meaningful analysis. In over half of cellular deployments in the corrected sample, there are no tools that collectively measure both the device and the carrier (cellular) performance, not to mention other variables like antennas, and bandwidth usage. Tools provided by the carrier will paint a picture of coverage, but not of the specific devices an organization may be using, and device tools like MDM will not include data about carrier coverage. Most-Common User Complaints Given a lack of tools to understand mobile deployments, it falls to users to report issues. More than half of our respondents report that dropped connections are a common complaint. Other connection problems, specifically slow data transfers and an inability to connect, are commonly mentioned as well, with device issues and trouble accessing corporate networks and applications rounding out the mix. It is worth noting that these are complaints from the perspective of the user and not necessarily indicative of the root cause. For instance, trouble accessing corporate networks could be caused by a connection or a device-configuration issue, depending on the deployment. Carrier-provided tool/site Don’t know/Unsure None Various tools Rely on vendors/carriers/third party In-house tech support BES MDM software Other 52% 6% 8% 9% 4% 4% 4% 3% 9% What tools, if any, do you use today to troubleshoot and manage your cellular data deployment? What tools, if any, do you use to troubleshoot and manage your cellular data deploy ent? Carrier-provided tool/site Don’t know/Unsure None Various tools Rely on vendors/carriers/third party In-house tech support BES MDM software Other 52% 6% 8% 9% 4% 4% 4% 3% 9% What tools, if any, do you use today to troubleshoot and manage your cellular data deployment? What are the most common user complaints you receive regarding your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other Trouble Accessing Corporate Networks and Applications Device IssuesDropped Connections Inabillty to Connect Slow Data Transfer 24.7% 55.1% 22.4% 6.1% 33.1% 42.6% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% What are the most common user complaints you receive regarding your cellular data deployment? What are the most common user complaints you receive regarding your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other Trouble Accessing Corporate Networks and Applications Device IssuesDropped Connections Inabillty to Connect Slow Data Transfer 24.7% 55.1% 22.4% 6.1% 33.1% 42.6% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 8 Difficulty in Troubleshooting This was a “gating” question, and survey participants were directed to subsequent questions based on their responses. The majority (60%) said troubleshooting is difficult, while 40% report that it is not difficult. Troubleshooting Not Difficult: Resolution of Connection Drops For those who said troubleshooting is not difficult, we asked how they resolve the most common user complaint, which is connection drops. One-third said their primary method is to troubleshoot over the phone with the user, while 28% call the carrier and 13% perform drive tests in the field — a method that could be characterized as either “difficult” or “not difficult,” as we discuss below.As it's not dicult to troubleshoot your cellular network connections, what is the primary method you use to resolve connection drops in the eld? Other We don't have connectivity issues in the field Troubleshoot on the phone with the field user Call the carrier Perform drive tests 12 8.9% 38 28.1% 23 17.0% 17 12.6% 45 33.3% Within your organization, is it currently dicult to troubleshoot cellular data connectivity and coverage issues in the eld? No Yes 136 40.1% 203 59.9% Is it currently difficult to troubleshoot cellular data connectivity and coverage issues in the field? Within your organization, is it currently dicult to tro bleshoot cellular data connectivity and coverage issues in the eld? No Yes 136 40.1% 203 59.9% What is the primary method you use to resolve connection drops in the field? © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 9 Troubleshooting Difficult: Reasons for Difficulty We asked those who report that troubleshooting is difficult to explain why. The most common reasons are difficulty replicating the issue and a lack of tools that reveal the true coverage available in the field. More than 40% perform drive tests. Note that those who perform drive tests could have answered either the previous question (troubleshooting is not difficult) or this one (troubleshooting is difficult). Four times as many characterized troubleshooting via drive tests as difficult. Note that the troubleshooting challenges most often mentioned here are intrinsic to cellular coverage, which can be highly variable due to the way radio signals propagate. Carrier coverage maps, even when they are available, provide a broad picture but cannot account for coverage at a micro-geographic level. 10.9% 62.4% 57.4% What makes it dicult to troubleshoot connectivity issues with your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other Have to perform drive tests, which are time consuming Carrier doesn't provide coverage maps Challenging to replicate eld worker issues No tools available to see true coverage 43.1% 7.4% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% What makes it difficult to troubleshoot connectivity issues with your cellular data deployment? 10.9% 62.4% 57.4% What makes it dicult to troubleshoot connectivity issues with your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other Have to perform drive tests, which are time consuming Carrier doesn't provide coverage maps Challenging to replicate eld worker issues No tools available to see true coverage 43.1% 7.4% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 10 Devices and Carriers Cellular Modems Used USB-connected modems are the most popular among respondents, followed by built-in modems, PCMCIA modems and Mi-Fi hotspots. Criteria for Modem Selection Slightly more than one-third of respondents (37%) use the cellular modems that are provided by their carriers, while 28% do their own testing to select the modems with the best performance. Nine percent choose the modems that are easiest to troubleshoot. Most of those surveyed choose cellular modems for carrier-compatibility, performance or support reasons. Only about 5% make the decision on price alone. Trunk-Mounted Mobile Router Embedded (e.g. Gobi 3000) 12.6% 29.3% 46.6% What type of cellular modems do you use today in your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other Don't Know Mi-Fi USB PCMCIA 35.8% 14.4% 26.1% 6.2% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% What types of cellular modems do you use? Trunk-Mounted Mobile Router Embedded (e.g. Gobi 3000) 12.6% 29.3% 46.6% What type of cellular modems do you use today in your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other Don't Know Mi-Fi USB PCMCIA 35.8% 14.4% 26.1% 6.2% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% What is the primary criteria you used to select the cellular modems you currently use? Other Don't know We select the least expensive one We use those provided by our cellular carrier We choose those that are easiest to troubleshoot with our mobile devices We choose the highest performing ones based on our own testing 124 37.2% 16 4.8% 30 9.0% 30 9.0% 40 12.0% 93 27.9% What was the primary criteria you used to select the cellular modems you currently use? © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 11 Choice of Carriers Verizon Wireless is the most used carrier among respondents, followed by AT&T and Sprint Nextel. The Canadian cohort is reflected in the “other” category, in which the names Telus, Rogers and Bell figure prominently. Number of Carriers Some cellular data deployments use more than one carrier to achieve consistent coverage throughout the service area. Among our survey respondents, 65% use one carrier, 25% use two carriers and just 11% use three or more. Put another way, 36% of deployments require multiple carriers to deliver reliable coverage to users. The use of multiple carriers introduces complexity into cellular data deployments. Decision-makers must determine when and where redundant carriers are needed based on whether the increased cost of carrying multiple contracts justifies the improvements in coverage, performance and reliability. AT&T Verizon Wireless 60.4% What cellular carrier or carriers do you use for your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other T-Mobile Sprint Nextel 37.2% 26.1% 15.0% 5.0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% What cellular carriers or carrier do you use? AT&T Verizon Wireless 60.4% What cellular carrier or carriers do you use for your cellular data deployment? (Select all that apply.) Other T-Mobile Sprint Nextel 37.2% 26.1% 15.0% 5.0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% Three or more carriers One carrier Two carriers 52%65% 11% 25% Three o more ca riers One carrier Two carriers 52%65% 11% 25% How many cellular carriers do you use? © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 12 Difficulty in Carrier Selection This was also a “gating” question; 69% of respondents report that they do not find the process of selecting a carrier to be a challenge, while 31% do. Carrier Selection Not Challenging / Criteria Applied Among those who said that selecting a carrier is not a challenge, the top criteria for selection is coverage — it’s mentioned more than twice as often as any other factor. Existing partnership/past experience, the next most-often mentioned factor, is based more on history and quality of relationships than present-day performance. Very few report that their carrier choice is driven by device choice. 105 31% 234 69% Do you nd the process of selecting a carrier challenging? No Yes Do you find the process of selecting a carrier challenging? 105 31% 234 69% Do you nd the process of selecting a carrier challenging? No Yes As it's not a challenge to select a carrier or carriers, what is the top criteria you use to do so? Other Don't Know/Dictated by Others Existing Partnership/Past Experience Devices Support Coverage Area Price 6 2.6%15 6.4% 100 42.7% 44 18.8% 37 15.8% 32 13.7% What is the top criteria you use to select a carrier? © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 13 Carrier Selection Challenging / Reasons Among those who report that carrier selection is a challenge, the coverage issue again rises to the top. Nearly 80% say that it is challenging to determine which carrier offers the best coverage for a given service area. So to a large degree, the ease of carrier selection depends on the degree to which respondents feel they can rely on coverage maps. Cost is a significant factor, but it has more to do with the difficulty in sorting through variations among carriers’ pricing models, which are tied to levels of use. Performance-conscious respondents looking for the fastest networks lack information to make an educated choice. Collectively, the difficulty in carrier choice is caused by a lack of empirical data about connection reliability, throughput and levels of use. And, whether the respondent reports that carrier choice is challenging or not, the most important factor is coverage area. What makes selecting a carrier challenging? What makes selecting a carrier challenging? (Select all that apply.) Other Hard to tell who has the best coverage for our area Hard to tell who has the fastest network Prices vary/Prices are hard to figure out 61.0% 8.6% 78.1% 41.0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% What makes selecting a carrier challenging? (Select all that apply.) Other Hard to tell who has the best coverage for our area Hard to tell who has the fastest network Prices vary/Prices are hard to figure out 61.0% 8.6% 78.1% 41.0% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 14 Tracking and Inventory Challenges in Tracking Devices and Use The third “gating” question addressed device inventory. Approximately 40% said tracking is a challenge, while 60% said it is not. Tracking Methods Used Those who report that tracking is not a challenge use various methods. Broadly speaking, they employ either manually entered and maintained systems (Excel spreadsheets, homegrown databases) or derive data from carrier-supplied information. A small but notable contingent reports that tracking inventory and use is not a problem because they simply do not track. Even among those who say tracking inventory it is not a problem, there is little consensus on a good method for doing so. Within your organization, do you nd the process of tracking deployed cellular modems and their usage challenging? No Yes131 39.1% 204 60.9% Do you find the process of tracking deployed cellular modems and their usage challenging? Within your organization, do you nd the process of tracking deployed cellular modems and their usage challenging? No Yes131 39.1% 204 60.9% As it's not challenging, what is the primary method you currently use to track the inventory and usage of cellular modems in the eld? Other We don't track inventory or usage on cellular modems Looking at a report provided by the carrier Looking at the bill from the carrier Homegrown database application Excel spreadsheet 25 12.3% 34 16.7% 38 18.6% 40 19.6% 33 16.2% 34 16.7% What is the primary method you currently use to track the inventory and usage of cellular modems in the field? © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 15 Reasons for Tracking Challenges Among those who said that tracking cellular modems is challenging, the majority use spreadsheets, a manual method they classify as time-consuming. A majority also cite a lack of tools for automating the process. While both of these responses are related to the lack of automated tools, approximately one-third directly cite the shortcoming that underlies both: A lack of visibility into how cellular modems are being used, and by whom. Approximately one-quarter use carrier reports yet say these are inadequate. Our interpretation of these results, in conjunction with those from the previous question, is that whether a respondent reports that tracking cellular modems is a challenge or not depends largely on the degree of tracking desired and/or what level of effort constitutes a “challenge.” Carrier reports and manual methods are widely used among both groups. Some perceive them as inadequate. Others are satisfied with them, quite possibly because they believe that more automated methods are unavailable. Clearly, both groups could benefit from automated methods. What makes tracking the inventory and usage of your cellular modems challenging? (Select all that apply.) Other Little visibility into how cellular modems are being used Little visibility into who has each cellular modem Carrier's reports not easy to use or inadequate No tools/software available to automate the process Manual tracking through spreadsheets and documents is time consuming 1.5% 31.5% 36.2% 23.1% 50.0% 53.8% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% What makes tracking the inventory and usage of your cellular modems challenging? What makes tracking the inventory and usage of your cellular modems challenging? (Select all that apply.) Other Little visibility into how cellular modems are being used Little visibility into who has each cellular modem Carrier's reports not easy to use or inadequate No tools/software available to automate the process M nu l tracking t rough pr adsheets and documents is time consuming 1.5% 31.5% 36.2% 23.1% 50.0% 53.8% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 16 Measurement Capabilities Finally, we asked respondents about their ability to measure certain aspects of cellular data use. These questions were designed to reflect some overarching issues, including connection speeds, applications in use and problems with connections and coverage. Whether these can be measured ultimately impacts the ability to give field workers reliable connections and adequate performance, while keeping investments in line with business needs and costs under control. Unfortunately, no more than one-quarter of respondents indicate they can measure a single one of these factors. Nearly half said they are unable to measure any of them. Moreover, these four questions were selected as top-level indicators; there are many more granular and specific issues that could be measured. Availability of such statistics and their intelligent application will ultimately improve the performance of cellular-data deployments and help better support the goals of the organization. Select the items below that you currently have a way of measuring. I don't have a way to measure any of these Where the largest trouble spots for coverage are What applications are driving the majority of your cellular data usage How often your mobile users get disconnected How often you use 4G vs 3G vs 2G 18.0% 47.1% 21.0% 23.7%24.6% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% Which items do you currently have a way of measuring? Select the items below that you currently have a way of measuring. I don't have a way to measure any of these Where the largest trouble spots for coverage are What applications are driving the majority of your cellular data usage How often your mobile users get disconnected How often you use 4G vs 3G vs 2G 18.0% 47.1% 21.0% 23.7%24.6% 0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 17 Conclusions Our survey findings indicate that while cellular data deployments are seen as essential to the success of respondents’ organizations, businesses need greater visibility into how this critical cellular data service is performing. Most organizations are making do with an assortment of tools, none of which delivers a total solution. What this empirical data indicates is that there is clearly a need for tools that can: • Measure, track and provide visibility into how cellular data is used; • Reveal where this service is performing well or poorly; • Provide actual when-and-where performance and connectivity data for speedy troubleshooting; and • Show which carriers provide the best connections and value within the organization’s service area, based on data collected by devices carried by actual users in the field. Tools that provide this visibility have the potential to allow organizations to optimize their use of cellular data for maximum worker productivity and to understand and improve the return on their investments in cellular data services. About Rysavy Research Rysavy Research, LLC specializes in wireless technologies including Wi- Fi, Bluetooth, 3G to 4G, WiMAX, LTE and LTE-Advanced, wireless security, M2M, mobile applications, mobile commerce, and mobile platforms. We have expertise in spectrum, including demand, capacity, and spectrum sharing. We also provide deep technical insight into technology capability, balanced with a thorough understanding of market dynamics. We have been doing this for over eighteen years, are highly respected, and are well connected. About NetMotion Wireless NetMotion Wireless develops software to manage and secure wireless data deployments for organizations with mobile field workers. Our products address the unique challenges introduced by the use of wireless, enabling our customers to maximize their return on investment in workforce automation. More than 2,500 of the world’s most respected organizations across multiple industries including utilities, healthcare, telecommunications, public safety, government, insurance, manufacturing, and many others use our products. Founded in 2001, the company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington. About NetMotion Wireless Locality Software Locality is cellular network performance management software that gives organizations the insight and visibility needed to optimize their mobile data deployments. Using coverage maps and detailed reports, Locality identifies the causes of poor connectivity, creates an inventory of deployed devices and monitors data usage, resulting in more productive field workers and reduced expenses. R E S E A R C H © Rysavy Research LLC Trends in Enterprise Cellular Network Data Usage 18 R E S E A R C H Rysavy Research LLC Copyright ©2012 Rysavy Research, LLC. All rights reserved. http://www.Rysavy.com