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Security and complexity holding back productivity, says Fujitsu

Survey shows complicated security and technology issues are impacting organisation's ability to operate

Security and complexity holding back productivity, says Fujitsu
Complex security, lack of interoperability and unsuitable technology are just some of the issues holding up workplace productivity.

A new survey conducted for Fujitsu, suggests that cybersecurity measures and other shortcomings in technology strategy are negatively impacting employee productivity.

The survey of over 1,200 business business and technology decision makers conducted by Pierre Audoin Consultants, showed that over-complex security requirements, lack of remote working capabilities and outdated, complicated or unsuitable technology tools are all impacting on employees productivity.

According to survey respondents, the absence of a workplace environment that is able to support new ways of working and evolving business practices is taking its toll, and is restricting businesses' flexibility and agility. The findings show that nearly a quarter of business leaders questioned (23%) admit that their current approach is having a negative impact on helping the company adapt to a changing competitive landscape. Furthermore, 20% state that their existing workplace strategies are having a negative impact on their ability to accelerate time to market for new products and services. A further 18% say that it has a negative impact on retaining and attracting new employees.

The survey questioned leaders in large and mid-sized public and private sector organisations in the US, Europe and Oceania.

Among the barriers to productivity cited by the survey, two-thirds (63%)  of respondents said that interoperability with outdated technology is a major challenge, along with complexity of current technology (57%) and lack of access to the right productivity tools (55%). Only 17% are using analytics tools across the business to understand their current productivity levels.

Cybersecurity is also contributing to increased complexity in the workplace, with 56% of respondents saying that their current approach to workplace security is having a negative impact on employee productivity, and 20% reporting it has a highly negative effect. Security issues are also compounded by employees taking non-compliant routes and cutting corners when faced with complex or time-consuming security procedures and mechanisms.

Business leaders rank compliance with regulations such as the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as their biggest workplace security issue - 59% see it as a major challenge, ahead of location-based access and information sharing (58%) and identity management (58%). Security is also preventing businesses from taking full advantage of the latest generation of collaboration-based tools to drive productivity and social integration. According to the study, 41% of businesses have not yet deployed these tools with 46% naming security concerns as the main barrier.

Ramanan Ramakrishna, Head of Service Innovation and Portfolio at Fujitsu EMEIA, stated: "We're at the cusp of a workplace revolution. The foundations that business lay now, both in terms of technology and cultural change, will affect their competitiveness in the future. But while they are making strides forward, there is a long way to go. If these critical trends are not addressed with effective workplace strategies, businesses run the risk of having any short-term gains dwarfed by the longer-term costs, not to mention their increasing inability to attract good talent or address regulatory requirements."

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