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Australians expect remote access to be productive

  • 31 October, 2005 13:42

<p>SYDNEY — 31 October 2005 — A staggering 90 per cent of Australia’s information technology experts have remote access and enjoy the benefits of flexible working, rating productivity as one of the biggest reasons to deploy a remote access strategy.</p>
<p>Employee’s rate productivity as the second most important benefit of being able to work away from the office, yet management rate productivity as one of the greatest concerns in offering mobile access to their employees. With 47 per cent of respondents spending up to 30 per cent of their day doing work related travel, employers realise the benefit of allowing their employees to have remote and mobile access.</p>
<p>The survey, Australian Access Attitudes, was conducted amongst 675 senior information technology workers at Citrix Systems’ national road show held throughout September and October. More than 80 per cent of respondents believed that mobile access was very, or extremely important to them, but referenced security of corporate information as the greatest issue of concern to management.</p>
<p>Work life balance and flexibility were noted as the other biggest benefits to remote working. The main drawbacks of working from home for employees included the impact on morale and teamwork. While for managers, security concerns and IT complexity were voted as the other biggest issues of working away from the office.</p>
<p>According to Gary O’Brien, Citrix’s area president for Australia and New Zealand, the survey reflected a strong trend.</p>
<p>“Australians now expect that employers will provide them the option to work away from the office to allow them to be more productive. It is important for employers to remember that creating a mobile workforce is as much about culture as it is about technology. It is imperative that organisations focus on good management practices to continue to build employee morale and encourage teamwork for the mobile workforce,” Mr O’Brien said.</p>
<p>Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS), the global leader in access infrastructure solutions, recently held Citrix Partner Exchange 2005. The road show visited six locations throughout Australia to provide information and training for attendees, including an insight into Citrix’s product strategy.</p>
<p>Survey respondent breakdown:</p>
<p>Job title:</p>
<p>· CIO/CTO: 5.2 percent</p>
<p>· IT manager: 24.5 percent</p>
<p>· IT consultant: 29.3 percent</p>
<p>· Systems engineer: 41 percent</p>
<p>About Citrix
Citrix Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq:CTXS) is the global leader in access infrastructure and the most trusted name in secure access. More than 160,000 organisations around the world use the Citrix Access Platform to provide secure, well-managed access to business information wherever it lives – on demand. Citrix customers include 100% of the Fortune 100 companies, 99% of the Fortune 500 and 97% of the Fortune Global 500, as well as hundreds of thousands of smaller businesses and individuals. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Citrix has offices in 22 countries and approximately 6,200 channel and alliance partners in more than 100 countries. For more information visit http://www.citrix.com.</p>

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