BYOD survey reveals performance woes
BT and Cisco conducted a global survey into BYOD in the workplace
Seventy-eight percent of organisations surveyed by Cisco and BT in the UAE said that the exponential growth in the use of smart devices has led to significant and increased demand for bandwidth, the figure was 84% globally.
Fifty-eight percent of UAE IT managers also noticed a resulting performance decline in some applications, which impacts negatively the productivity gains promised by smart devices, the figure was 56% globally. Forty-eight percent of workers in the UAE with Wi-Fi access in their office have experienced delays logging on or accessing an application, while 52% of UAE respondents have noticed they are running more slowly now than before.
The new research, commissioned by BT and Cisco polled 1100 IT managers and 1100 office workers across 13 countries.
A much higher number of workers that use their own smart devices in the UAE - 92% - believe their organisations need to take further steps to fulfill the potential productivity gains that smart devices offer. The number globally was lower, 76%. Increased use of cloud solutions and greater use specialist software are also seen as more important among workers surveyed in the UAE against the global averages (40% for the UAE against 33% and 32%).
Most importantly, 50% of surveyed workers in the UAE believe that their organisation should provide more support for smart device users - UAE workers, together with their counterparts in Turkey - were most likely to think this of all the regions interviewed.