Mobile Computing Reaches Critical Mass in the Workplace

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 2014-06-25 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    1 - Mobile Computing on the Rise
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    Mobile Computing on the Rise

    Just about everybody has at least one device. More than three-quarters (76.8%) of IT professionals noted an increase in employees using mobile devices over the past 12 months, and less than 2% noted a decrease.
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    2 - The Workplace Remains Traditional
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    The Workplace Remains Traditional

    Even with rise of mobile computing, most employees remain tethered to a cubicle. Only about one in seven employees (14.4%) have a truly flexible, shared work culture, such as hot desks or remote working.
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    3 - BYOD Is Here to Stay
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    BYOD Is Here to Stay

    The majority of employees extend the reach of the office using personal devices. In fact, 58.7% of IT professionals said their company has already fully embraced employee BYOD or implemented new policies to support it.
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    4 - Changing Spending Habits
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    Changing Spending Habits

    Mobility-related spending comes in many different forms: 71% of respondents saw a rise in WiFi spending in the past 12 months while 65% saw an increase in tablet spending in the same period.
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    5 - Have Work Will Travel
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    Have Work Will Travel

    Work now follows us everywhere. More than half (51%) of respondents reported an increase of 25% or more in working from home, hotels and other WiFi-enabled areas.
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    6 - Mobile Security Awareness
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    Mobile Security Awareness

    IT organizations now take mobile security seriously: 73.4% assessed mobile security requirements based on the devices' security features or the employees' mobile work requirements. Only 13.3% responded that security concerns have stopped them from allowing mobile work capabilities.
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    7 - Self Service Rules the IT Roost
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    Self Service Rules the IT Roost

    Networks are open for business. More than two-thirds (68%) provide clear self-service on-boarding instructions based on device type or allow users to connect to the office network independently. Only a small number of company IT departments (17.3%) require employees to have manual IT intervention.
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    8 - Open-Minded IT
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    Open-Minded IT

    IT organizations understand the value of mobility. More than half (55.5%) encourage mobile working or have no policy on the use of personal devices in the workplace. A minority (12.4%) discouraged personal device usage.
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    9 - Mobile Computing Pressure Is On
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    Mobile Computing Pressure Is On

    Mobile computing has become a right. About 70% of IT professionals feel pressure to deliver improvements in mobile working.
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    10 - C-Level Executive Support
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    C-Level Executive Support

    Executives view mobile computing as a productivity enhancement. In fact, 76.6% reported that these business leaders have shown more interest in mobile technologies than ever. Less than 5% indicated that C-level executives do not show any interest in mobility in the workplace.
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    11 - Mobile IT Budgets on the Rise
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    Mobile IT Budgets on the Rise

    The mobile opportunity hits the road. Approximately 45.5% said they have seen an increase in budget and more than one-fifth (22.6%) indicated they have received more than a 10% increase to fund mobility projects.
 

As mobile computing becomes a mainstream part of business culture, IT spending on related projects has increased dramatically, according to the findings of a global survey conducted by Aruba Networks of 964 IT professionals. Mobile computing clearly has a role, not just for remote workers, but also in the traditional workplace. That means that for solution providers in the channel, the mobile computing opportunity now goes well beyond the device, given that spending on both WiFi networks and security have gone way up. The survey also makes it apparent that with everyone inside and out of IT recognizing the business value of mobile computing, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon is here to stay, and businesses are increasingly aware of its benefits and its challenges. While the channel has always found it challenging to be an innate part of the mobile-computing device purchasing process, enough critical mass has been attained that the downstream opportunities mobile computing creates for the channel are too compelling to ignore. Here's a look at key takeaways from the study.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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