Business leaders need to be the driving force behind mobility initiatives and not the barrier, according to Annodata
June 13, 2016
13th June 2016
There is more room for employees to take advantage of mobile initiatives, despite these being top priority for many organisations
Recent research from IDC suggests that leadership teams are critical when it comes to employees considering working from home to be acceptable, with only 43% of employees confident leadership is fully behind mobility as a concept. As a result, business leaders need to be the driving force behind this trend and encourage employees to take advantage of these initiatives or risk productivity slumps, according to Annodata.
The research shows that only 13% of those who are given the option to work from home actually do so, despite being a top priority for many companies globally. Annodata warns that business leaders need to set the example and fully embrace mobility; especially when considering that shifting demographics and the competition for best staff and business benefits are continuing to grow.
Rod Tonna-Barthet, CEO of Annodata, commented: “Despite being top of the agenda, it appears that business leaders are yet to fully realise the benefits that having a mobile workforce can bring. There still exists a stigma and misconception with mobile working that when employees aren’t in the office they aren’t working. Mobile initiatives should been seen as a big benefit to businesses and not a hindrance. They allow companies to gain greater efficiencies, reduce real estate costs and employ more qualified workforces, as they are no longer restricted by geography, thereby delivering greater competitive advantage.”
With this trend growing, technology is there to support mobility initiatives and the likelihood is that it will become much more mainstream over the next few years. Recent figures from the Cloud Industry Forum suggest that mobile working has now entered the mainstream as a value-driven package. Vendors are working to improve the efficiency of mobility solutions in conjunction with trying to make them more secure.
Tonna-Barthet added: “Cloud is core to enabling business’ adoption of mobile services and applications. Now with cloud adoption common among businesses, even the smallest organisation can derive value from mobile working technologies, where they were once limited to larger organisations with access to the infrastructure and range of applications needed to support the service.
“Tools for mobile working are best launched as part of an overall business communications stack. Take UC for example. This is most effectively introduced as part of a subscription-based cloud migration package. At Annodata, we’re seeing that agile ways of working are best achieved through nimble delivery models and cloud’s modular, revenue-friendly features perfectly fit the bill when complimenting the companies’ business strategy. Changes to the service can then be introduced in tandem, avoiding scenarios of busy network traffic while ensuring the stability of infrastructure,” Tonna-Barthet concluded.
NOTES TO EDITORS
Founded in 1988, Annodata is a national managed services provider specialising in the efficient flow of information using the most effective types of communication. With annual revenues of £70million, the company brings together a range of specialist services including managed print services, unified communications, document management and software, mobile telephony, communication services and cloud hosting services.
With clients in the private and public sector, its team of specialists understand the needs of small and large organisations in all sectors and can help re-design business processes in-house or through a fully managed service.
The company has long-standing relationships with leading global enterprises including 02, Avaya, Kyocera, HPE, Mitel and Ricoh giving businesses access to the latest technologies, future-proofing the enterprise.
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