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Why mobility needs to be redefined in the modern workforce
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Why mobility needs to be redefined in the modern workforce 

This can become tricky as IT needs to deliver secure access to apps and data from any device, on any network, while ensuring the cost of investing in IT doesn’t disrupt the company’s bottom line.

If a company fails to check all of these boxes, then it risks losing out on the transformative capabilities of mobility.

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However, if there’s one thing that I’ve learned from industry discussions about workplace mobility, it’s that the word “mobility” has gotten lost in translation.

The current popular definition of mobility, for many organizations, is simply sending and receiving email. In fact, we’ve found that while 84 per cent of IT decision makers reports having employees that work remotely, the most common definition for mobility was the ability to send and receive emails. This definition hasn’t kept pace with the modern demands of the workplace.

As a result, working professionals are forced to adapt to a half-mobile environment. Much like a surgeon operating without a scalpel, they aren’t given the tools to properly do their job. An easy fix for this can be provided through desktop and application virtualization. Employees require the files, documents and applications needed to perform their job, no matter where they are located or what device they are using. True mobility provides exactly this – secure access to all essential applications and data from anywhere, through a seamless user experience which allows for frequent collaboration.

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Mobility should also always be paired with a robust strategy. Evidence finds that a sound mobility strategy can positively affect the bottom line.

A recent survey of Canadian IT decision makers by Citrix found that 95 per cent of IT decision-makers with a mobile strategy indicated that the strategy is integral to the competitiveness of their business. 

While Canadian IT decision makers recognize the importance of an enterprise mobility strategy – 85 per cent stated that enabling mobile is a necessary next step in delivering IT value for end users and needs to be a priority.

Unfortunately, more than eight in ten IT decision makers see barriers to making their company more mobile. The largest barriers noted are that the nature of the work is sensitive and the need to minimize the risk of leaks (18 per cent) and employees abusing remote work privileges (14 per cent).

Now more than ever it’s essential for IT decision makers to re-evaluate how they define mobility and question whether existing strategies truly empower a mobile workforce.

If your IT department continues to define mobility incorrectly, then technology strategies and investment in IT will fail. The workplace is evolving, employees are evolving and IT has to stay a step ahead.

Michael Murphy is the vice-president and country manager of Citrix Canada (@CitrixCanada), a global company that enables mobile workstyles, allowing people to work and collaborate from anywhere.

 

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