With 1.3 billion workers expected to be mobile by 2015, enterprises now need to prepare their workspaces to accommodate these employees, urged Rob Willis, Citrix's vice president for APAC.
Speaking at the company's recent Mobility Conference in Singapore, Willis said that 65 percent of the employees today work in multiple locations, and each employee is using an average of three devices for work. "These trends signal the need for us to change the assumptions of work that we once worked under," he added.
Willis went on to explain that the new workspace should provide the right environment to encourage mobility. For instance, enterprises could embrace hot desking or permit their employees to work remotely.
The new workspace should also supply employees with tools that enable them to work more productively and efficiently from anywhere and at any time, said Willis. To achieve this, enterprises need to first allow employees to gain access to the data they need via the Internet. While it is tempting to put all the data into the public cloud to make it accessible all the time, firms might want to consider putting sensitive data on a private cloud for security reasons, advised Willis.
Besides that, enterprises should provide wireless connection to the Internet within the office space, said Willis. This will be particularly beneficial for employees who use their own devices for work, or for those who prefer working from parts of the office without wired connections such as the lounge.
As the use of mobile devices and apps becomes a norm, employees expect business apps to be able to work on their tablets and smartphones, and be as user-friendly as consumer apps. Enterprises should thus consider developing their own apps that are easy to use, and enable employees to collaborate and work more efficiently. Alternatively, firms could subscribe to business-grade apps that are easy to use, or encrypt all data that is sent via consumer apps such as Box.
"Since mobility is happening and inevitable, enterprises need to transform to embrace it so as to gain the benefits it bring, such as improved productivity and efficiency," concluded Willis.
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