With the proliferation of mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, U.S. small- and medium-sized businesses are using these solutions more than ever, according to a recent study by AMI Partners.

AMI estimates more than 3.5 million U.S. SMBs use smartphones and 700,000 use tablets. In the next year, these figures are projected to increase by 40 percent and 85 percent, respectively.

As more U.S. SMBs adopt these devices, the need for specialized mobile applications is also growing.

"The current generation of workers is never without their mobile devices," said Prashanth Motupalli, survey research analyst at AMI. "These workers already use mobile devices to email and browse the web, but they are now looking for more sophisticated business applications while not in the office."

The study also revealed these mobile applications are being used to access data stored in the cloud, which can help SMBs meet their communication needs, the company stated.

According to a recent study by the Business Journals, 71 percent of SMBs are considered "mobile businesses," and 43 percent said they are familiar with cloud computing.



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