What Matters Most to the Mobile Workforce?

In the first few days of 2014, it’s clear that mobility will be top-of-mind for enterprise CIOs and their IT departments this year. There are many things to consider when implementing a successful mobility strategy, including security, enterprise applications, and the impacts of  consumerization

One very important perspective to keep in mind while implementing a mobile strategy is how employees perceive and engage with their mobile tools. To learn more about this perspective, Intel recently researched the mobile work priorities of 1,700 knowledge workers in the United States and Germany. In this post are the top three findings of that survey. Do you find that the workers’ perspective differs or aligns with the needs of IT and the business when it comes to mobility?

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1. Users value location independence most.

Survey respondents agreed that the ability to work anytime, from any location, is deemed most important. Interestingly, it’s not the common everyday tasks that users deemed most important; it’s simply having the ability to access the information they need from a variety of locations to get things done at any time.

2. The need for anywhere, anytime data access is on the rise.

Users continue to have high expectations around connectivity and data access. Across both countries, survey results showed an increasing demand for information access overall. There was also a substantial increase in the need to access data outside the office and while traveling.

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3. Most users rely on personally-owned devices daily for work.

In both the U.S. and Germany, users are relying on an average of 2.1 devices for work, every day.

And these personally owned devices are frequently not part of a managed Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.

Click here to read the full results of the mobile computing trends report, including a closer look at mobile data usage.

In the comments, or on Twitter, tell us about what makes workplace mobility important to you! Is it ease of use? Freedom of location? Increased productivity? 

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