For tomorrow's workplace, nonmobile is not an option

Today's workers might not be able to see clearly what the office of the future will look like, but two things are for sure--it will be wireless and it will be mobile.

Those are among the conclusions of two companion studies released by Aruba Networks, one looking at mobility adoption and the management of younger employees, carried out by Aruba, and the other examining predictions about the future workplace, conducted by The Future Laboratory.

There were some common findings by the two studies, including evidence that worker productivity increases outside of traditional cubicles and work stations--instead working from whatever space is convenient for the time and task at hand--and with mobile devices accessing networks.

"Smartphones and tablets continue to supplement traditional PCs as primary computing devices, as people are getting more done from wherever they happen to be," notes an article at CIO. Whether this is good for the worker or not, it "puts significant stress on IT personnel and budgets," the article points out.

Both studies agree that wireless connectivity is a business requirement today.

"Businesses recognize that ubiquitous access to wireless connectivity leads to higher employee retention, more productivity, and greater cost savings," the article explains.

Among the specific findings of the study on Managing GenMobile:

  • 77 percent of organizations saw an increase in GenMobile employees using mobile devices for work during the past year.
  • 71 percent of IT departments have increased their investments in Wi-Fi, while another 46 percent have been given increased budgets for future mobility projects.
  • Nearly 70 percent of IT professionals say they feel pressure to deliver improvements in mobile working.
  • 56 percent of companies either encourage or have no policy that discourages the use of personal devices at work.
  • 51 percent of respondents report a rise in mobile/remote working last year.

For more:
- check out the Future Laboratory report
- see the Aruba Networks announcement
- read the CIO article

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