Enterprise and mobile software vendor, Sybase, has found in a recent study that half of workers would rather choose the mobile device they use at work instead of the company making this decision for them.
The results come from a new survey by Kelton Research of 500 workers in the US and the UK that highlights growing employee demand for support by - and impatience with - IT departments for mobile devices and apps that will help improve mobility and productivity in the workplace and out on the road.
Interestingly, 71 per cent of respondents were so determined to keep their preferred device that they were willing to give up at least one thing in the workplace, with free coffee at the top of the list at 58 per cent, followed by free food at 39 per cent, office supplies at 30 per cent, paid parking at 26 per cent and a vacation day at 20 per cent..
“This latest survey is a wake-up call for enterprises to broaden and accelerate their enterprise mobility strategies,” Sybase Australia, New Zealand and South-East Asia managing director, Dereck Daymond, said.
“Employees are beginning to have a much greater understanding of mobility, resulting in greater expectations from IT.”
The other major finding the survey made was that 59 per cent of respondents with their own mobile device believe that employee choice is the best option for companies, in comparison to 44 per cent of those who are using a company-supplied device.
“We’re seeing more demand for mobile-focused methods of productivity, such as being able to use a variety of devices in the workplace, or being able to gain access to corporate applications through an app store environment,” Daymond said.
“Since not all mobile apps come with the same level of required security, IT managers must consider different application deployment and management strategies,”
Earlier this year, Sybase carried out a survey that looked at the enterprise approach to mobility and found that 90 per cent of IT managers plan to implement new mobile applications in 2011.
Note: This is vendor-sponsored research