Hyperconnectivity to hit 40% in five years
Growing number of workers connecting through multiple devices to communication and collaboration applications
A new study from Nortel predicts that 40% of workers will be ‘hyperconnected' within the next five years.
The study, which was sponsored by network vendor Nortel, found that 16% of workers are currently hyperconnected - using a minimum of seven internet-connected devices for work and personal use, and accessing nine connected applications such as IM, SMS, social networks and so on.
A further 36% of workers are considered to be ‘increasingly connected', with four devices and six applications in regular use. The increasing trend towards hyperconnectivity is important to businesses, according to IDC, as it means more devices to be managed and a greater demand for secure and reliable information delivery.
Ramin Attari, vice president of Middle East at Nortel said: "The results of this study send a clear message to today's business - the hyperconnected workforce is coming and you'd better be ready. The study found that 16% of the global workforce is hyperconnected today, and will grow to 40% in just a few years. This means that the surveyed workforce isn't just migrating towards Hyperconnectivity - it is stampeding to it. Businesses that embrace this have an opportunity to increase productivity and ability to compete in the global marketplace."
The study surveyed 2,400 people of working age from different industrial sectors across 17 countries worldwide.
"For more than a year, Nortel has been emphasizing the profound global implications of Hyperconnectivity - on the enterprise and its IT strategy. For some, these IDC study findings are a final wake-up call that they risk losing productivity and profitability if they ignore this exploding culture of connectivity," said John Roese, chief technology officer, Nortel.
"For others, it confirms that Hyperconnectivity can represent huge opportunities if they choose to embrace this megatrend. These organizations can lead with critical changes to technology and business process that help them thrive as progressive enterprises," he added.