Consumer devices in the workplace improve productivity

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Consumer communications devices are being increasingly used in the workplace, which has far-reaching benefits for businesses including increased productivity, a new survey has found.

According to a Citrix survey of over 1100 senior executives and IT managers, SMBs are facing growing pressure to adopt smartphones, tablets and other personal devices for business use.

Some 25 percent of companies already have policies or IT systems in place to manage the use of personal devices at work and have benefited by a 30 percent increase in productivity, as the technology allows employees to work anywhere at anytime.

Citrix SVP and GM, Brett Caine said the nature of work is continuing to change, as employees use new consumer devices in the workplace for both business and personal use.

“Organisations need to respond to this trend by developing policies to address new mobile work styles that can drive productivity through more flexible working, while safeguarding the use of data and sensitive information.”

Some 60 percent of businesses surveyed however, have no controls in place to manage new devices and 45 percent of IT managers are unaware of devices raising questions about security and privacy.

In response to the survey, Citrix has extended its range of GoTo solutions enabling remote device monitoring and management, transfer and sharing without compromising security.

“It is no longer building for PC versus Mac, it is designing for the ubiquitous device changing the nature of work to anywhere, anytime.”