We hope that our research highlights the importance of IT and management working closely together to help employees make the most of mobile working while keeping security risks to a minimum.
TRP: Smartphones and tablets are primarily built with the consumer in mind. What challenges does this present for enterprises as boundaries merge between work and personal devices?
GL: As above, in recent years the workplace has seen an influx of personal devices with up to 78 per cent of people using their own devices for work. This is both a challenge and an opportunity.
Research has shown that the use of mobile devices is hugely beneficial for productivity and empowers employees to make decisions about when and where they want to work, as well as ensuring they can stay connected on the move.
However, many smartphones and other mobile devices are not adequately equipped with security protection which leaves personal devices vulnerable to security leaks if they're lost or stolen, highlighting the need for businesses to properly equip staff with the technology and applications needed to do their jobs.
TRP. In the Future of Work whitepaper, you discuss the workplace as becoming an increasingly 'mobile first' environment. Why do you believe this to be the case?
GL: The proliferation of mobile devices into the workplace has disrupted the traditional workstation environment, giving workers more flexibility to carry out tasks on the go. Undoubtedly, there will continue to be a need for desktop PCs in certain scenarios, but the overwhelming trend is for employees to work from a range of mobile devices enabling people to work at their desk or on the move.
A mobile first approach enables easy transition between the different modes of working. Mobile access to corporate applications is also changing the way that office space is configured, enabling flexible working whether employees are at home, travelling or in the office, making them more efficient as well as helping the business to cut costs.
TRP: What do you see as the 'next big thing' in enterprise technology?
The Future of Work report revealed that the rising trend in wearable technology is set to infiltrate the workplace, having seen a rise in enquiries for developing wearable technology in a number of industry sectors.
Now, up to 78 per cent of people use their own devices for work and wearable technology ownership is on the rise, so we can certainly expect to see wearable tech creeping into the workplace as boundaries continue to blur between work and personal devices.
We're excited about what the future holds for wearable technology in the workplace, particularly in healthcare and emergency service markets.