As organizations move further into the post-PC era, staff are just as likely today to collaborate on content through their own personal smartphone or tablet as they are through the corporate laptop. Recent research conducted by Ipsos MORI found that 73% of office workers in the U.S. (61% in the U.K.) are downloading personal software and apps on enterprise- owned tablets. Meanwhile, 52% of U.S. workers (59% in the U.K.) use personal laptops, tablets and smartphones to store and work on enterprise content.
The Millennials — Gen Y workers in their 20s and early 30s — are the worst offenders, according to the study. For example, some 70% of 25- to 31-year-olds in the U.S. (and 56% in the U.K.) download personal apps and software onto enterprise smartphones.
This burgeoning demand for personal devices and applications is eroding the concept of the corporate network. As mobile working becomes the modus operandi, organizations need to consider how they can stop company data from walking right out the door with their people, and what measures need to be put in place to ensure teams can get their jobs done without compromising security. Providing teams with enterprise-grade apps that support collaboration on the move, as well as being simple to use, will help ensure they don’t start using consumer tools to provide easier ways to access the information they need.