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Mobile Workers

Mobile Workers: Mobile workers are those who work at least 10 hours per week away from home and from their main place of work, e.g. on business trips, in the field, travelling or on customers’ premises, and use online computer connections when doing so. (Source: Cisco: Understanding and Managing the Mobile Workforce/ Electronic Commerce and Telework Trends, 2000.ii)

Cloud Services - Mobile & Remote Working


Section: Research
  Cloud Services, which are IT Solutions and Services delivered and consumed real time over the Internet, have now become an integral part of daily operations for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).   The ‘workplace’ is no longer a fixed location - remote, mobile and flexible working is now co ...   read more

The Data Sharing Paradox


Section: Research
Small businesses acknowledge that enabling access to data for remote employees and users from external organisations is fundamental to ensuring the on-going efficiency of the processes that drive their businesses. However, they also worry about the risks involved. This report looks at the degree to which small businesses are sharing data today, the ways in which they are doing so and the real and perceived risks. It goes on to look at how these risks can be mitigated and draws o ...   read more

Challenges to Home and Remote Working


Section: Articles
The benefits of home and remote working are clear enough: improved work-life balance for employees, increased productivity, reduced stress on environmental resources, and lower overhead business costs. Figure1 highlights the business and IT benefits of home and remote working, so why haven’t more organisations moved to embrace remote-working solutions? Despite substantial advances in the technology needed to support remote working, along with recent developments ...   read more

Why Today’s Mobile Workers Are Working Longer Hours than Ever


Section: Articles
Today’s global mobile workers - armed with iPads, smartphones and laptops - are working longer hours, reports mobility services firm iPass in their latest workforce survey on mobile working. So why are these same workers seemingly more content than ever before? The survey indicates that the majority of mobile workers feel empowered by the flexibility of mobile working and cloud services, even if it means clocking in longer work hours. What else can we glean from the  survey? Let’s ta ...   read more

1.3 Billion Mobile Workers Globally by 2015, Says IDC Survey


Section: News
IDC’s new survey on Mobile Enterprise claims that in the next three years, more than one billion workers across the globe will be working remotely or as ‘virtual workforce.’ The survey was lead by Stacy Crook a senior research analyst at IDC on mobile enterprise. The survey shows that of the 1.3 billion workers, 244.6 million will be in Europe, 838.7 million in ‘emerging economies’ of Asia Pacific region and 212.1 million in Canada, Latin America and US. Spe ...   read more

4G Spectrum Bidding Begins


Section: News
Ofcom has confirmed that applications have been opened for mobile operators to put in bids for the 4G auction, the largest ever sell-off of the mobile spectrum in the UK. The bidding process only had a short window into which to submit their applications, between 10:00am and 16:00pm yesterday, potential bidders also had to provide an initial deposit of £100,000. Ed Richards, Ofcom read more

75% of Mobile Security Breaches Due to Misconfiguration


Section: News
According to analysts at Gartner, 75% of all mobile security breaches in the enterprise are due to the misconfiguration of mobile apps. This is a worrying statistic, not least because the analysts believe that by 2017 the focus will shift for attackers from PCs onto mobile and tablet devices as attacks on mobile devices continue to "mature”. In order for an attack to do any "significant damage” to a mobile device, it must have been altered at an administrative level. ...   read more

Android malware could hit mobile workers


Section: News
The amount of malware affecting Google's Android mobile operating system has increased more than fourfold during the third quarter of 2011. The rise could have a hugely negative impact on businesses that have adopted Android devices to boost their mobile working capabilities without considering the cloud security implications. The figur ...   read more

BlackBerry outage highlights reliance on mobile working


Section: News
A major outage at BlackBerry has highlighted the business world's reliance on mobile computing technologies as disconnected users vent their anger. The company has already apologised to millions of users worldwide after a server outage in Slough brought down the firm's email and Messenger service. Placeholder0The crash happened yesterday (October 10th 2011) at around 11:00 BST and affected users in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. UK operator T-Mobile was one ...   read more

BT expands cloud-based videoconferencing services


Section: News
BT Conferencing has announced it will expand its cloud-based videoconferencing service so that a greater number of devices can be used by global businesses. More than 50,000 conferencing sites around the world are expected to benefit from full global interoperability, bosses at the firm have said. Placeholder0Organisations can now utilise a range of high definition endpoints, including web cameras,   read more

Businesses are adopting smartphones to boost mobile working


Section: News
Many businesses are planning on abandoning traditional phones in favour of integrated mobile technology and video conferencing solutions as they vie to boost read more

Businesses 'want video conferencing to go mobile'


Section: News
Businesses want to extend their unified communications solutions - including video conferencing technologies - to the mobile workforce. According to Andreas Weinhold, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at LifeSize, the liberation of video conferencing from it ...   read more

By 2014, 90 percent of organisations will support corporate applications on BYOD, Garther predicts


Section: News
According to Gartner, the use of mobile devices for consuming work-related video continues to rise, putting more pressure on enterprises to support and manage BYOD schemes. It’s thought that by around 2015, a minimum of 60% of information employees will use a mobile device for work purposes. "Developing and supporting new content management applications and uses is a daunting task for enterprises, which justifiably fear dissatisfaction and low adoption," read more

Cisco: Mobile data encryption 'essential for businesses'


Section: News
Data encryption is essential for businesses adopting mobile working strategies, particularly if firms allow employees to use their own devices, Cisco has claimed. The firm believes that companies should stand firm and make sure their staff adhere to mobile security best practice.Cisco said that current technology does not allow for the easy identification of unique devices connecti ...   read more

Cost savings are pushing firms toward video conferencing


Section: News
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are increasingly considering video conferencing solutions because of the cost savings the technology can offer. According to the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), as technology evolves - and gets cheaper - the cost of doing things online, like person-to-person communication, falls.A spokesperson for the organisation told Fierce Enterprise Communications: "I think people are starting to do as much as they can online." They added that while the ...   read more

End-users are frustrated by slow IT infrastructure


Section: News
The biggest workplace irritation for many IT end-users is slow, unresponsive computing systems - an issue that is being addressed by an increased uptake of mobile working practices. According to a recent survey conducted by the Work Foundation at Samsung, a poll that covered some 1,500 employees, slow IT systems were found to be a cause for concern for 68 per cent of those quizzed. Placeholder0In particular, staff reported getting frustrated with delays caused by outmoded infra ...   read more

Firms struggle to keep up with IT changes


Section: News
Businesses are struggling to stay on top of the latest advances in the IT industry - including cloud computing and video conferencing - according to new research from the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM). As a result organisations are seeing staff put in longer hours and more than half are feeling more stressed than they were a decade ago.Peter Cheese, chairman of the ILM, said: "Although it was thought that technology, such as read more

Gartner Predict Upturn in IT Spending


Section: News
Gartner has revised its forecast for worldwide IT spending in 2013 due to "projected gains in the value of foreign currencies versus the dollar”. Overall, IT spending is projected to reach a total of around $3.7tn this year, which represents a 4.2% growth rate on spending in 2012, which reached $3.6tn. This has been revised from a forecast of 3.8% growth in 2013 prediction in 3Q12. "Uncertainties surrounding prospects for an upturn in global economic growth are the maj ...   read more

Government backs flexible working project


Section: News
The government has given its backing to a project that will encourage businesses to adopt technology such as video conferencing and cloud computing in order to ease t ...   read more

IBM Ban Employee use of Dropbox & iCloud


Section: News
IBM has banned the use of Dropbox and iCloud by its employees after it found that the BYOD scheme isn't saving the company any cash due to employee use of insecure apps. This has led to "new challenges” faced by IBM's 5000 strong IT department, as they have no control over the software that workers install on their own devices, according to chief information officer Jeanette Horan. IBM currently provides 40,000 of its employees with Blackberry devices and around 80,000 of their ...   read more

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