The most common responses of respondents' organisations to the social networking phenomenon in 2012 were: Ban employees from using social networking programs (29.2 percent of respondents said they ran with this as a corporate policy); Allow employees to use social networking programs but with no support or supervision (20.4 percent); and, Revise policies on social networking to give better guidance on employee use (16.8 percent). Only 2.9 percent of respondents said they saw to upgrading staff training to ensure employees were aware of key social networking issues (such as security risks); 11.7 percent said they encouraged employees to use social networking for work; 10.9 percent said that they had developed business-based systems to tap the potential of social networking to enhance their business operations; and, 6.6 percent of respondents said they had done nothing about implementing social networking systems.
Now, what is the standing of bring your own device (BYOD) at the organisations of our respondents? Last year we reported that their most common response to the BYOD trend in 2011 was to ban the use of such devices on site and prohibit its connection to enterprise infrastructure. In 2012, the most common response was to allow employees to use their own devices at work and not offer any kind of technical support and financial subsidies (44.5 percent of respondents said they ran with this policy last year). Only 26.3 percent of respondents said their organisations continued to maintain their ban on BYOD. A rising number of organisations, on the upside, have upgraded their enterprise communications infrastructure to accommodate BYOD; 15.3 percent of respondents said their organisations did the upgrades in 2012.
In response to the question, How has the current economic climate influenced our organisation's approach to Business Continuity Planning (BCP)?-43.1 percent of respondents said that although it had enhanced their awareness and understanding of the importance of BCP, they did not intend to spend anymore on it than they already are; 27.7 percent said that it had made them more aggressive in their pursuit of comprehensive business continuity coverage, and that they indeed will be spending more on BCP; 24.8 percent said that it had no influence on their business continuity strategies; and, interestingly too, 4.4 percent said that it had prompted to cut their expenditure on BCP.
Most, Least, Nondeliverables
Our respondents were asked about the value their investments in specific areas of technologies or activities had delivered to their businesses in 2012.
The following received the highest number of votes from our respondents for having had no effect on their businesses in the past year: Outsourcing (43.8 percent of respondents cited this); Business Continuity Planning (42.3 percent); Enterprise Content Management (40.9 percent); and, Data Warehousing (40.1 percent).
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