Seven in ten (70%) IT professionals are under increasing pressure to deliver and support an all-wireless workplace, according to a new study commissioned by Aruba Networks. Top executives and #GenMobile employees who are demanding greater flexibility and better collaboration.
The study, which surveyed 1,000 global IT professionals, examined key trends in the workplace over the past year, including the expectations of younger workers accustomed to mobile devices.
- 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, 71.1% of IT departments increased their investment in Wi-Fi, while another 46% were granted increased budgets for future mobility projects.
- 55.5% of companies surveyed globally actually encourage or have no policy banning the use of personal devices at work. Only 12.4% discourage the use of personal devices for work.
- 76.6% 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 58.7% 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,” said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer for Aruba Networks. “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.”