A recent study of employers across Europe revealed that flexible working can increase staff productivity by 39%. But with only 60% of companies currently offering the ability for staff to work from any location, more and more IT Directors are turning to UC and mobility providers for help with facilitating a disparate workforce.

This flexible working surge, teamed with a record rise in M&A, makes it a great time for sales teams - offering anything from UC and mobile apps to cloud hosting - to be targeting IT decision-makers. While the manufacturing and travel industries lead the way in terms of UC&C investments, companies across all sectors - from pharmaceutical giants like Johnson & Johnson through to fast-growing vehicle-rental companies like Avis Budget Group - are now benefiting from a seat on the mobility bandwagon, which only continues to pick up speed.

Sentiment here is changing rapidly: remote working not only offers numerous 'employee perks' such as more flexible hours, but is also a proven way of boosting a company's bottom line.

Based on our interviews with senior IT budget-holders over the last 12 months, almost twice as many are reviewing UC and mobility provision, with over 70% identifying internal restructuring as the main catalyst for investment. Ahead of the UC Expo on 19-20 April, we spoke in-depth to the event about current trends in this area of IT - you can read more on the subject here.

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If you're looking to understand how different companies will be looking to react to these changes - or are responsible for selling UC solutions - you might also want to take a look at our recent special briefing and list:-

The Rise of Mobile Working - read this briefing

We spoke to companies including Investec, United Utilities, Oxford University Press, Wood Group, DuPont and Provident Financial to find out how they're investing in UC, collaboration and mobility in 2016.

Companies Considering UC Investment for 2016 - view this list

We've handpicked the most prominent companies investing in UC and mobility for 2016. For each one, Pearlfinders clients can access all recent interviews, full contact details, financials and decision-maker pathways.