Two thirds of SMEs are set for the digital workplace, but company strategy is struggling to keep up: Aruba.

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The leadership of Europe's small and medium enterprises (SME) are keen to integrate digital and mobile technologies into the workplace, but over half of the same organisations do not have a strategy in place to achieve this, new research suggests.

Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, conducted a study of over 500 SMEs across Europe, finding that 66 percent of SME senior management believe that optimising the cloud, applications and mobile devices, thereby creating the Digital Workplace, is a strategic priority. However in spite of this, half of all organisations (50 percent) have no foreseeable plans to implement such a strategy.

Key findings from the report, Are Europe's SMEs making the most of the Digital Workplace?, include:

* A quarter of SMEs are already thinking digital: 26 percent of respondents plan to invest in the Digital Workplace over the next year.

* But security and cost raise concerns: half of SMEs (50 percent) cite data security as the major barrier between their organisation and the Digital Workplace. More another 30 percent, believe cost is the key issue.

* Half of SMEs are moving towards mobile working: 30 percent are investing in technology designed to optimise the mobile workforce, while a further 20 percent have plans to make similar purchases.

* next digital SMEs: 80 percent of workers in finance and healthcare think that the Digital Workplace will be of importance to their organisation.

Across all respondents, the number one reason given for investing in the mobile workplace is to achieve an increase in productivity, efficiency and flexibility, followed by the better access and sharing of data and improved team collaboration.

Jeremy Lye, European Marketing Manager at financial asset management company Schroders UK, added: "The more advanced digital technology and analytics we have invested in has increased our...

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