From: Martyn Rees, Housing product director, Civica
Sir – New research from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has found that six out of 10 companies now allow the use of employee-owned mobile devices for work. This changing attitude demonstrates quite a significant sea change among IT professionals as the BYOD debate surges forward.
By 2016, Ofcom predicts that 75 per cent of the UK population will be using a smartphone, and we now all expect to be able to access the web from wherever we are and at any time. And this is no different in the workplace.
Businesses of all sizes are reacting to this shift in working practices and are constantly on the look-out for the latest technology that can help them improve service delivery. For example, by letting employees work remotely using their own devices, organisations can save money as they no longer need to invest in clunky infrastructure. There is no reason why the technology that consumers use in their day-to-day lives cannot be applied to the working environment.
For businesses to make the most of this transformation, a new wave of web-based business software will need to be developed, to rise to the task and keep up with the technology that consumers use on a daily basis.