Gear Up C-Suite, Employees Want Mobile Workspace
As mobility is becoming the new normal at the workspace, a new global research from Oracle indicates that workers around the world are happier than ever to work in a mobile and flexible way - confident that mobile can make them more productive. However, as mobile workplaces are still in its early stages, a majority of organizations are also likely to be risks, including integration challenges and security threats. In the face of this challenge, Oracle calls on the C-suite, business executives to stop ‘holding back the tide’ and to instead ensure mobile working is deployed efficiently, securely and on their business’ own terms.
Lack of encouragement
According to the report, globally as well as in India, nearly 68 percent of respondents are happier working in a more mobile and flexible way. Over half of the respondents think mobile and flexible working makes them more productive, rising slightly to 55 percent in India.
However, most employees believe that employers or decision makers are less enthusiastic about the mobile revolution, with some actively trying to hold back its use within their businesses. Less than a quarter of respondents stated that their employer actively encourages mobile working. In India however, this figure rises to 31 percent.
Respondents overall and the same percentage respondents in India say their employer actively tries to limit the applications and data employees can access on their mobile phones.
“Organizations need to accelerate mobile adoption, because it is currently happening too slowly and too tactically in many businesses. The current situation where employees are taking it upon themselves to go mobile is simply not tenable and insecure,” says Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy, Product Management, Oracle.
He believes without top management support and a strong partnership with IT, it will be very challenging for businesses to secure their mission-critical data being accessed by mobile workers.
Despite the lack of enthusiasm from employers, the research also reveals that restrictions on mobile working are often ineffective and employees are taking it on themselves to use mobile solutions at work:
According to the report, only 18 percent of respondents believe their company effectively controls what can be done on a mobile device. In India, this figure is higher at 29 percent.
Fifteen percent of those surveyed said they had found a way to use their mobile for work without any help or intervention from their employer, rising to 17 percent in India. Over half (56 percent) of respondents overall and 53% in India said they are working in a more mobile way than they were two years ago.
“Preserving user-experience without compromising on security can be achieved through innovative mobile security techniques like ‘containerization’ enabling businesses to adopt a secure BYOD strategy,” says Uliyar.
Moreover, 40 percent believe mobility will become even more integral to their work in the next two years. “If businesses don’t have a mobile strategy, then they do not have a strategy for growth. Mobile is creating new business models challenging old ones, states Uliyar. “Mobile working is going to happen in businesses whether they want it to or not – the question now is whether organizations want to benefit fully from this revolution or continue to try and stop the inevitable,” he says.
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