Market Overview: EHS Mobile Apps

Published 30 May 2018 by David Metcalfe &
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Executive Summary

In 2018, 57% of EHS professionals around the globe intend to leverage mobile apps as a means of improving EHS engagement, performance and business value. Mobile apps have played an increasingly prevalent role in EHS software over the past decade and are today considered an obligatory offering for any serious EHS software vendor. The functionality, availability and architecture of EHS mobile apps is dynamic however, and the pace of innovation within the EHS software arena can make it difficult for vendors and buyers alike to maintain a handle on the current state of mobile EHS solutions. This report provides those audiences with a snapshot of what problems mobile EHS apps are currently solving, who is selling them, how they are being sold, how corporate adoption is evolving and what lies around the corner for mobile EHS apps. Finally, the report outlines three strategies that customers can adopt to unlock maximum value from EHS mobile apps.

Table of contents

Market Overview: Mobile EHS Apps
Mobile Apps Are Top Of Mind For EHS Leaders Relative To Other Innovations
Vendors Offering Mobile EHS Solutions Fall Into Three Distinct Categories
Mobile Apps Empower Frontline Workers And Untether EHS Professionals
Barriers To Maximizing The Value Of Mobile EHS Apps Persist
Advances In Software And Edge Technologies Will Refine The Mobile EHS Experience

Choose From Three Strategies To Enhance EHS Performance With Mobile Apps
1. Target A Single Process For Mobile Enablement
2. Pursue A Mobile Excellence Strategy To Enhance All EHS Processes
3. Partner With Operations To Expand the Scope Of The Mobile Business Case

Table of figures

Figure 1. Important Criteria When Evaluating EHS Software
Figure 2. Important Criteria When Evaluating Mobile EHS Apps
Figure 3. Segmentation Of Providers Of Mobile EHS Apps
Figure 4. Native Apps Versus Web Apps: Pros And Cons Of Each Architecture
Figure 5. The Main Use Cases For Mobile EHS Apps
Figure 6. Top Barriers To Deriving Value From EHS Technologies
Figure 7. Type Of Mobile EHS App Provided By Software Vendor

About the author

David Metcalfe


David is the CEO of Verdantix and co-founded the firm in 2008. Based on his 20 years of experience in technology strategy and research roles he provides guidance on digital strategies to C-level executives at technology providers, partners at private equity firms and function heads at large corporations. His current focus is on helping clients understand their market opportunity tied to ESG investment trends and their impact on corporate sustainability strategies. During his 12 years running Verdantix – including 4 leading the New York office – he has helped dozens of clients grow their businesses through fund raising, acquisitions and international growth. David was previously SVP Research at Forrester and Head of Analysis & Forecasting at BT. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University and also worked as a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School.

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