Harvey Spencer Associates (HSA) has published a report detailing what it feels are explosive growth opportunities in the market for document capture software related to mobile computers. We all know that the number mobile computing apps are growing through the roof – riding the wave of mobile computing hardware sales. Veteran industry analyst Dave Wood has teamed up with HSA to produce “A Study of the Mobile Capture Market in the United States.”
The report predicts the market to grow from
under a half-million a couple hundred million (I misread the chart, sorry) dollars in 2012 to more than $3 billion in 2018. Wood projects scan-to-cloud apps to be the largest of the eight sub-segments he studies, with segments like field service, transportation, and home healthcare also represented. Wood says that small business, in particular, will benefit from mobile scan-to-cloud technology.
In a report summary, Wood discusses some characteristics he thinks will emerge as part of successful mobile capture apps. We were particularly intrigued by this comment, “Forms conceptualized in this way could, for example, permit different classes of users to interface to the app differently. In Healthcare this might mean old doctors can dictate their notes while young ones use a keypad, or old nurses use a tablet with keyboard and stylus while young ones prefer a smartphone with voice.” It seems to stress the versatility required by emerging mobile capture apps – a trait that is also becoming increasingly important in the traditional batch capture market.