Cisco announced findings from the study of 600 U.S. survey respondents that shows how savvy business leaders are accepting, and in some cases embracing, "bring your own device" (BYOD) as a reality in the enterprise.
The study demonstrates some of the quantifiable benefits and complexities associated with allowing employees to use their own mobile devices on their employers' networks. Coinciding with the publication of the study, Cisco also highlighted "Smart Solutions" for the enterprise and opportunities for service providers to help customers, and end users, make the most of mobility experiences in the office, at home, or on-the-go.
The study found most organizations are now enabling BYOD in the enterprise, with a staggering 95% of respondents saying their organizations permit employee-owned devices in some way, shape or form in the workplace.
This study also concluded that the average number of connected devices per knowledge worker is expected to reach 3.3 by 2014, up from an average of 2.8 in 2012. IT managers are balancing security and support concerns with the very real potential to reap significant cost and productivity benefits from the BYOD trend.
Delivering the Optimal "Your Way" Mobile Experience
Cisco offers a broad portfolio of mobility products and services to help service providers and enterprises develop a holistic, scalable approach to their mobility initiatives while keeping operational costs in line and optimizing the user experience.
For the enterprise, Cisco is driving innovations around what's called the Cisco Unified Workspace. The Unified Workspace is an integrated and strategic approach to the enterprise workspace that is squarely focused on helping employees access all of the people and resources they need to do their jobs effectively from wherever they are, on whatever device they choose and with an enhanced quality of experience.
In short, with the Unified Workspace, everything that makes workers efficient and productive moves with them. For example, instead of an employee just having voice while on the road, why not also provide the worker with location and presence capabilities?
As part of the Unified Workspace, employees will access some information on the device itself, like the platform-independent versions of collaboration applications such as Cisco WebEx and Cisco Jabber. Other applications or data may be accessed virtually through a virtual desktop centralized in the data center with full rich-media capabilities using the Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI).
To bring this strategy to life, Cisco is offering a set of "Smart Solutions" that have been fully tested and validated and can help CIOs and IT leaders increase business efficiency and remove the cost and complexity associated with mobility. The solutions, built on a common technology framework and backed by services from Cisco and partners, help increase employee satisfaction and productivity by enabling personnel to "work their way," helping ensure the business is highly secure and intellectual property is protected.
There's three Cisco Smart Solutions for customers and partners:
BYOD Smart Solution: The Cisco BYOD Smart Solution transforms the workspace, providing end-to-end BYOD lifecycle management. The solution helps secure data with unified policy, delivers uncompromised experiences with powerful collaboration tools, and simplifies operations with proactive management.
VXI Smart Solution: The Cisco VXI Smart Solution is a desktop virtualization system that spans Cisco's Data Center, Borderless Networks and Collaboration architectures to deliver a superior collaboration and rich media user experience in a fully integrated, open and validated desktop virtualization solution.
Remote Expert Smart Solution: Cisco Remote Expert is an integrated solution that will enable a virtual face-to-face consultation through immersive video and online form sharing at work or in the home by identifying and accessing the most appropriate subject matter expert from any location.
The enterprise solutions referenced above are key components of Cisco's comprehensive mobility offering which also includes an extensive technology and services portfolio for Service Providers. Cisco offers solutions that can enable high performance mobile networks, with seamless roaming between cellular and Wi-Fi networks, all while helping to ensure the experience is optimized for the service and devices being used.
These technologies enable service providers to meet growing bandwidth demands effectively, while increasing their ability to monetize the customers both on and outside of their networks. For example, just as many coffee shops advertise hotspots today, additional mobility services offered by service providers could enable those same businesses to attract additional customers.
"Cisco's findings tally well with the latest BT research, which found that 82% of companies across 11 countries allow their employees to bring their own devices to work (BYOD), or will do so within the next two years. This is why BT and Cisco are working together to address this aspect of the networked IT market covering networking, global Wi-Fi and security," said Neil Sutton, Vice President Global Portfolio, BT Global Services.
According to the next Visual Networking Index Study (to be released on May 30), total devices and connections on the internet will grow from 10.3 billion in 2011 to a whopping 18.9 billion in 2016 -- nearly doubling in only five years. This provides service providers with clear opportunities to grow their business and offer value added services to customers.
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