70% of IT pros face pressure to deliver wireless working
Aruba study cites pressure from top executives and mobility-minded employees
Seventy per cent of IT professionals are under increasing pressure to deliver and support an all-wireless workplace, according to findings from a global study released by Aruba Networks today.
Aruba said that the pressure is coming both from top executives and what it calls Gen Mobile employees - workers with demands for mobility and wireless. These workers want greater flexibility and better collaboration, Aruba said.
The study, done in conjuction with another taken by The Future Laboratory, suggested that companies are now required to create all-wireless workplaces. The agility of such networks, Aruba said, would help with employee retention, productivity and cost savings.
Despite this, the study noted that only 14% of employees enjoy the flexibility of such a workplace.
However, the numbers suggested that interest was turning - 51% of organisations saw a rise in mobility and remote working last year, the study said - the spike accounting for 70% of IT professionals feeling pressure to deliver all-wireless environments.
As a result, 71% of IT departments increased their investment in Wi-Fi, while another 46% were granted increased budgets for future mobility projects, the study showed. Meanwhile, 56% of companies either encourage or havo no policy banning the use of personal devices at work. Only 12% discourage the use of personal devices for work, the report added.
What's more, the survey noted that 59% of IT professional said their company had already fully embraced employee BYOD or implemented new policies to support it.
"Executives and Gen Mobile employees alike prefer an increasingly mobile style of working, and IT organisations are feeling the pressure to adapt existing technology investments to meet their requirements," said Ben Gibson, chief marketing officer at Aruba.
"The workplace of the future will not only need to be right-sized to align with IT budgets, but it will also require a mobility-centric and secure wireless infrastructure, a move towards employee self-service, and a willingness to embrace consumer IT technologies to enhance Gen Mobile productivity."