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Mobile working leads to productivity, said workers in APAC: Oracle

Zafirah Salim | Sept. 26, 2014
However, one-third of polled employees said that their employees are not keen on their idea as they actively try to limit the applications and data employees can access on their mobile phones.

There is an apparent rise of enterprise mobility as more workers embrace the concept of mobile working.

According to a new global research from Oracle, 73 percent of respondents in Asia Pacific said that they are happier working in a more mobile and flexible way. In addition, more than half of them (64 percent) think that mobile and flexible working makes them more productive.

On the other hand, employers are less enthusiastic about the mobile revolution, with some actively trying to hold back its use within their businesses. In fact, only a third (32 percent) of the polled workers said that their employer actively encourages mobile working; whereas another 31 percent said that their employer actively tries to limit the applications and data employees can access on their mobile phones.

Despite the lack of enthusiasm from employers, research also reveals that restrictions on mobile working are often ineffective and employees are taking it on themselves to use mobile solutions at work. Only 20 percent of respondents believe their company effectively controls what can be done on a mobile device, while 13 percent of those surveyed said that they had found a way to use their mobile for work without any help or intervention from their employer.

"Businesses need to deploy effective mobile applications for their end users (employees, customers and partners) in a way that is simple, mobile contextual and cost-effective. Simplicity holds the key to the rapid and effective integration of business data with user-friendly mobile applications to enable teams to collaborate more effectively no matter where they are. This requires a robust end to end mobile platform to execute on this mobile strategy. Preserving user-experience without compromising on security can be achieved through innovative mobile security techniques like 'containerisation' enabling businesses to adopt a secure BYOD strategy," said Suhas Uliyar, VP Mobile Strategy, Product Management, Oracle.

"If businesses don't have a mobile strategy, then they do not have a strategy for growth. Mobile is creating new business models challenging old ones. Mobile working is going to happen in businesses whether they want it to or not - the question now is whether organisations want to benefit fully from this revolution or continue to try and stop the inevitable," he added.

 

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