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Study: firms need to adapt to more mobile workforce

Update: May, 17/2014 - 09:11
VMware MeConomy 2014 study warns that many companies need to re-analisy their IT policies to meet the business demands. — Photo
HA NOI(VNS) — Many companies needed to re-analyse their information technology (IT) policies because of business demands and a more mobile workforce, said the VMware MeConomy 2014 study.

The VMware Inc, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure which organised the study, said the results revealed that in Viet Nam 97 per cent of the surveyed working adults moved from place to place while working and have worked outside the office.

Over 80 per cent of them believed that they could stay efficient while working outside the office for at least 50 per cent of the time.

This reflects a new reality where more employees are demanding a chance to work away from the office, at any time and on any device.

"As we look around the industry, the mobile is changing the way we work and businesses need to evolve immediately. Companies will face a challenging time in this new mobile cloud era, where the business expectations of IT accelerates exponentially with the increase in new mobile consumers in the workforce, millions of new applications and services despite a stagnant IT budget," said Huynh Phuc Yem Quan, Country Manager, VMware Viet Nam.

With multiple access points such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, mobile workers are putting pressure on IT departments to deliver a high level of service and access without compromise.

Employees surveyed in Viet Nam said they expected their company to support a mobile workforce by enabling access to applications they need on their own devices (73 per cent), allowing use of personal devices for work (67 per cent) and providing a comprehensive and acceptable flexi-working policy (62 per cent).

For IT support, they were eager to have guidelines to access the corporate IT systems by using personal devices (66 per cent); faster network access (62 per cent) and equipment which work; quick and real-time response to their IT request; and advocate a more positive attitude and support towards mobile workers (52 per cent).

To help IT support mobile workers better, VMware recently announced VMware Horizon 6, an updated portfolio of end-user computing solutions designed to further simplify the use and management of virtual desktops and applications through a single platform.

The MeConomy study was conducted by Acorn Marketing and Research Consultants. Approximately 2,455 people between the ages of 18 and 64 participated in the survey. All respondents work in organisations having more than 1,000 staff globally and work for least 15 hours per week. The survey covered 14 markets across Japan and the Asia-Pacific, comprising Australia, mainland China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Viet Nam. — VNS

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