Enterprises expanding mobility support for BYOD workers
Forrester study shows companies are expanding their mobility support in response to the demands of their staff
Tech4Biz | 15 Oct 2012 :
Almost two-thirds of enterprises are committed to bolstering mobility support for their staff, partners and customers, according to research from analyst house Forrester.
Forrester said 64% of firms were expanding their mobility support in response to the demands of their staff. The commitment to support greater mobility is perhaps not surprising as it can potentially lead to greater productivity.
According to recent research from enterprise Wi-Fi provider iPass many employees are working up to 20 additional hours per week unpaid as a result of bring your own device (BYOD) policies adopted by their firms.
Drawing from recent surveys of over 2,300 IT mobility decision-makers and nearly 5,000 end user workers in North America and Europe, Forrester found that 66% of employees use two or more devices for work activities each day. This included desktops, laptops, smart phones and tablets. In addition, 67% of employees choose the smart phone they use for work, and 70% choose the tablet they use on the job.
"The increasing diversity of end user mobile devices and mobile applications in the workplace is driving IT executives to pursue a variety of different corporate initiatives," said Forrester.
There were however some European country-specific findings in the Forrester research. For instance, 60% of firms in the UK and 56% in Germany are focused on developing a comprehensive corporate policy to support employees who bring their own smart phones and tablets to work, but only 33% of companies are doing so in France.
But in France 60% of IT executives are increasing their central IT budgets to support employees with more mobility support, device access, and mobile applications, which compares to only 49% in the UK and 44% in Germany.
IT executives are also looking for budgets to support corporate mobility initiatives from outside their own organisation. In the UK, 55% of firms are getting additional funding from business units to pay for mobility support, access and applications. The numbers are 34% in France and 33% in Germany.
In the UK 28% of enterprises are implementing corporate application stores, compared to 16% in France and 14% in Germany.
In an effort to get an accurate picture of the BYOD trend in Ireland, ComputerScope in association with O2 is running a survey on the topic. Check out the site below for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Tab II 10.1 and a Galaxy SIII smart phone.
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