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IT Pros Feel Pressure as CEOs and #GenMobile Employees Demand Mobile-Ready, Collaborative Workplaces
New Studies Suggest that as Mobile Working Evolves the Workplace will Turn into an Open, Shared and Frictionless Environment where Hierarchies Disappear
Building on a recent mobile worker study (http://news.arubanetworks.com/
Both studies suggest that the creation of an agile, all-wireless workplace is no longer an option, but a requirement. In addition to a significant competitive advantage, business leaders now recognize that the benefits of this approach include employee retention, productivity, and cost savings. However, the results highlight that today just 14% of employees enjoy the flexibility and freedom of such a workplace, suggesting that global businesses still have a lot of work to do.
Managing #GenMobile: Key findings
· 51% of global organizations saw a rise in mobile/remote working last year and 77% noted an increase in #GenMobile employees using mobile devices for work during the past year.
· The spike in mobility has resulted in nearly 70% of IT professionals feeling pressure to deliver improvements in mobile working.
· To support top executives and #GenMobile mobility demands, 71% of IT departments increased their investment in Wi-Fi, while another 46% were granted increased budgets for future mobility projects.
· 56% of companies surveyed globally actually encourage or have no policy banning the use of personal devices at work. Only a 12% discourage the use of personal devices for work.
· 77% of C-level executives expressed greater levels of interest in mobile technologies in the workplace to support #GenMobile employees.
· The debate about how to support BYOD is becoming a thing of the past as 59% of IT professionals said their company has already fully embraced employee BYOD or implemented new policies to support it.
“Executives and #GenMobile employees alike prefer an increasingly mobile style of working; and IT organizations are feeling the pressure to adapt existing technology investments to meet their requirements,”
“The workplace of the future will not only need to be rightsized to align with IT budgets but it will also require a mobility-centric and secure wireless infrastructure, a move towards employee self-service, and a willingness to embrace consumer IT technologies to enhance #GenMobile productivity.”
Aruba customer, Russell Hookway, Network and Telecommunications Manager at Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, a large municipality in west London, commented: “Technology should be an enabler for our staff. Across our council, employees are now actively choosing a ‘mobile-first’
The survey results show that mobility is a highly desirable productivity tool but not at the expense of corporate or personal security. When IT professionals were asked about security concerns as they relate to mobility, 74% assessed mobility security requirements based on the devices’ security features or the employees’ mobile work requirements. Only 13% responded that security concerns have stopped them from allowing mobile work capabilities for #GenMobile employees.
“It is clear businesses are starting to realize the clear benefits of mobility,” Gibson continued. “It’s now essential they make the right investment decisions to secure the business and employee”.
An Outlook: The Future Workplace
According to The Future Laboratory report, the term ‘office’ will become obsolete as a new model for work emerges. The emerging workplace will facilitate a flexible work culture in a society where the nine to five workday is increasingly the exception rather than the rule. The modern workplace will be a hub with a blend of business/leisure travelers, shared workspaces and flexible work environments.
“New technologies and new ways of doing business are irreversibly transforming the way we design offices as well as the way we fundamentally think of workspaces,”
“We are no longer simply business people at work and private people at home,” says Martin Lindstrom, author and brand futurist. “People are checking personal emails at work and work emails at home. The lines between work and play are merging on all levels.”
To read more, download the “Future Workplaces” report from here
The survey was conducted via Survey Monkey to Aruba Networks customers covering the following markets: UAE, USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Nordics, Netherlands, Singapore, Malaysia, India, Indonesia and South Africa.
About Aruba Networks, Inc.
Aruba Networks is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company designs and delivers Mobility-Defined Networks that empower IT departments and #GenMobile, a new generation of tech-savvy users who rely on their mobile devices for every aspect of work and personal communication. To create a mobility experience that #GenMobile and IT can rely upon, Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks™ automate infrastructure-
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