Global Research Shows Mobilizing Your Small Business Creates Competitive Edge
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Almost one in five (18%) small businesses in the U.S., Canada and Australia are achieving productivity gains of more than 30% by adopting mobile workstyles, enabling people to work whenever, wherever and however they choose. The research, sponsored by Citrix, also suggests that number may be rising, as 34% of small businesses globally say they are under more pressure to introduce or increase mobile/flexible work practices than they were five years ago.
Conducted by YouGov, the survey consisted of 1,250 small businesses across Europe, North America and Australia. In response to the consumerization of IT and the rapid adoption of mobile and cloud technologies, the survey was designed to explore the impact of mobile workstyles on productivity and management, and to determine how consumer-driven tools are being adopted in the workplace as part of the broader move towards more flexible work. The survey results emphasize the importance of mobility and collaboration technologies in enabling more agile and responsive organizations, and show that mobile workstyles are not just about devices but also about people and the changing nature of work.
While European small businesses have not yet seen the same efficiency gains as their North American or Australian counterparts (8% as opposed to 18%), the continent is ahead in establishing governance and management for personalized devices used for business purposes. Despite continuing global concerns over network security, almost one third (32%) of European small businesses sampled have policies, processes and IT systems in place to manage employees’ personal devices being used for business (also known as BYOD), compared to only 26% in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
“It’s great to see a ‘work anywhere, with anyone’ environment delivering such big improvements in productivity, most obviously in North America and Australia, and that the demand for flexible work continues to grow,” says Brett Caine, senior vice president and general manager, Online Services division at Citrix. “However, it’s a concern that two-thirds of businesses overall still don’t have the tools and processes to control remote access to their corporate networks.”
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Collaboration & Productivity Drivers
“The 2013 survey highlights a major shift from the findings of a similar study in 2011. Pressure to work wherever, whenever and however we choose is more common. The real value of social collaboration lies in enabling greater creativity and innovation, by allowing those inside and outside the company to work better together, serving customers, creating value and improving the quality of life,” says Caine.
The Citrix Global Small Business Consumerization of IT results can be found here.
Citrix (NASDAQ:CTXS) is the cloud company that enables mobile workstyles—empowering people to work and collaborate from anywhere, securely accessing apps and data on any of the latest devices, as easily as they would in their own office. Citrix solutions help IT and service providers build clouds, leveraging virtualization and networking technologies to deliver high-performance, elastic and cost-effective cloud services. With market-leading cloud solutions for mobility, desktop virtualization, networking, cloud platforms, collaboration and data sharing, Citrix helps organizations of all sizes achieve the speed and agility necessary to succeed in a mobile and dynamic world. Citrix products are in use at more than 260,000 organizations and by over 100 million users globally. Annual revenue in 2012 was $2.59 billion. Learn more at www.citrix.com.
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It’s great to see a ‘work anywhere, with anyone’ environment delivering such big improvements in productivity, most obviously in North America and Australia, and that the demand for flexible work continues to grow.
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