Survey reveals CIO concerns regarding mobility
Companies that have not yet enabled enterprise mobility might be at a competitive disadvantage in the coming years, as the consumerization of IT continues to heat up. With unified communication (UC) solutions, businesses can ensure that mobile strategies fit into overall collaboration strategies that include video conferencing and other tools.
A new study from ClickSoftware revealed there will be 1.3 billion mobile workers in the world by 2015, while 46 percent of CIOs feel unprepared for the rising wave of remote staff members, Computerworld reports. According to the news provider, the bring your own device trend has been the single most influential reason for increased mobility among enterprises.
The source added that the survey revealed that three-quarters of CIOs believe that their employees already bring one or more device into work every day, while a quarter of the executives use their smartphones and tablets for work functions.
"CIOs understand the challenge and need to incorporate an enterprise mobility platform into their business strategy, but don't know where to start," Dr. Moshe BenBassat, chairman and CEO of ClickSoftware, explained. "The technology and users are moving so quickly, but control needs to be regained by the CIO."
Finally, two-thirds of the CIOs said that it was not hard to uphold information governance and best practices policies are upheld following the launch of BYOD.
Companies who have not yet considered deploying a BYOD strategy yet should do so soon, as more reports indicate that employees will be using their smartphones and tablets for work functions regardless of whether their employers have a policy in place. Further, executives can support information governance policies by adopting the most advanced mobile device management software, while incorporating mobility into overall communications strategies with UC solutions.