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Research Indicates Australian Businesses Are Ready To Embrace Mobile-Wireless Technology

  • 07 July, 2004 10:12

<p>–Griffith University Explores the Impact of Mobile-Wireless Technologies on Australian Organisations–</p>
<p>Brisbane, Australia - July 7, 2004 – Australian organisations are eager to adopt mobile-wireless technologies but require processes to measure the transition in becoming a broad-based mobile workforce, according to research launched today by Griffith University, Queensland Government and Intel Australia.</p>
<p>The 100% Workforce Mobility research examines the perception and benefits of adopting mobile-wireless technologies across executives in four Australian organisations in the government, education, corporate and SME sectors.</p>
<p>It is the first of three research phases that aim to help businesses understand the uses of mobile-wireless technologies, how to effectively introduce these technologies into the workplace and the sociological impact on workers. The research also aims to examine the change-management requirements of organisational culture, structure and policy in adopting broad-based mobile workforces as well as the nuances and implications for vertical industries.</p>
<p>The research was conducted by Griffith University and supported by Queensland Government and Intel. The organisations surveyed stated they believe mobile wireless technologies will deliver almost immediate benefits in terms of better communication between staff, improving the balance between work and private life, and increased efficiency and productivity.</p>
<p>Professor Glyn Davis Vice Chancellor of Griffith University said, “The potential of mobile technology has far reaching benefits for businesses, governments and the general public. This research shows that Australian organisations are eager to introduce wireless technology but there are challenges and changes that need to occur within today’s corporate culture if the technology is to be utilised to its full potential.</p>
<p>“The research shows that to become an effective broad-based mobile workforce, organisations need to understand how value is generated for the organisation and then develop comprehensive change management plans that include policy development, adequate funding, education and promotion of the new ideals presented by mobile-wireless technologies,” he added.</p>
<p>Speaking at the launch, Minister for Public Works, Housing and Racing, Robert Schwarten said, “This Government is all too aware that if Queensland is to remain the Smart State, we need to innovate and to use technology in intelligent ways. That’s why the Queensland Government is committed to supporting activities that show promise in enhancing our Smart State initiatives and our own trials into wireless technology.</p>
<p>“The trial of high-speed wireless hot spots in 20 public buildings including Suncorp Stadium and Brisbane Central Railway Station began in December 2003 to make it easier for Queenslanders to do business with the Queensland Government and each other,” he added.</p>
<p>Intel General Manager Australia and New Zealand, Phillip Cronin said, “Intel recognises and supports the importance in determining how technologies add value to organisations and the social impacts of a mobile workforce, particularly as mobility challenges the boundaries between work and private life by promoting flexibility in where and when work is done.</p>
<p>“The emergence of mobile-wireless technologies puts the world one step closer to achieving Intel’s vision of all computing devices communicating and all communications devices computing, anywhere and at anytime.” he added.</p>
<p>The Queensland Government, Griffith University and Intel Australia will continue to work together to research, develop and implement strategies surrounding the adoption of mobile-wireless technologies that aim to accelerate the economic development of Australian businesses.</p>
<p>About Griffith University
Griffith University is a multi-campus, learning centred research university that combines the best university traditions and values with the innovation necessary for success. Ideally positioned in the fastest-growing region of Australia, the University is building on its established reputation for responding creatively to local, national and global change by embracing diversity and nurturing innovation. embracing diversity and nurturing innovation.</p>
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