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Businesses Struggle to Meet Workers' Mobile Demands

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Companies may not be keeping up with the demand for mobile technologies at work: In a new survey, workers said their companies have room for improvement when it comes to integrating personal devices into the workplace.  

The study, conducted by technology provider CDW, found that overall, just 41 percent of workers gave their organization's information-technology policy regarding integration of smartphones and tablets a high grade. IT professionals, on the other hand, were more optimistic about company policies: 64 percent of IT workers gave their company's IT policy a high grade.

"Mobility has edged its way into the workplace, increasing and complicating IT's workload, and often leading to frustration on all fronts," said Andrea Bradshaw, senior director and general manager of mobility solutions at CDW. "Securing devices, along with the data and networks they use, will always be a significant concern, but protecting users and employers is only one of five key aspects of mobility management at work. The network impacts confirm that IT needs a systems strategy to accommodate mobility."

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Many of the problems associated with mobile integration result from network limitations. Ninety percent of IT professionals said that increasing the use of mobile devices will have a major impact on organizational networks. Sixty-three percent of companies said they will increase bandwidth requirements, while 39 percent said they will increase network latency. 

Additionally, respondents said they look to increase server and storage requirements.

"The reason organizations are not moving faster into mobility management solutions is that IT itself is working hard just to keep up with demand for more and more services with limited budgets, and mobility is a complex, multifaceted challenge — it's hard to know what to solve first," Bradshaw said

The research was based on the responses of 1,200 IT professionals.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Dave Mielach

Dave started writing for BusinessNewsDaily as a freelance writer in May 2011 and was hired as a staff writer in October 2011. He graduated from Marist College with a B.A. in Communication and a business minor. Prior to writing for BusinessNewsDaily, he interned at The Poughkeepsie Journal and two Marist College publications. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Dave on .