Staying in Touch With Generation Mobile

 
 
By Michael Vizard  |  Posted 02-19-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mobile computing is clearly transforming how we work and play, which is creating challenges for CIOs that need to provide the services and applications that make all the mobility possible. Employees, for example, are voting with their feet to work for companies that provide employees with a more flexible work experience. Meanwhile, customers are showing a clear preference for engaging with organizations that make it easier to connect with them using mobile devices. A new online survey of 5,000 people conducted by Aruba Networks finds that not only are people looking for a better mobile computing experience, but more than half say they would prefer to work from home or remotely for two to three days a week rather than receive a 10 percent higher salary. Just as significantly from a CIO perspective, less than a third of the people say they expected their company to provide them access to a mobile computing device.

 
 
 
  • Number of Connected Devices Owned

    Almost half own four or more devices that are connected to a network. Two or more devices: 86%, Three or more devices: 64%, Four or more devices: 39%, Seven or more devices: 9%
    Number of Connected Devices Owned
  • A Time to Work Better

    Just less than half—45%—say they are most efficient outside of standard working hours, and 70% prefer flexible working hours.
    A Time to Work Better
  • Percent Who Expect to Work From Home More

    Among Gen Y workers, the number who expects to work from home rises to 49 percent.
    Percent Who Expect to Work From Home More
  • Time Spent on Mobile Computing Devices

    Just over half own a mobile device and over half spend more than seven hours a week on it. Up to seven hours: 14%, Between seven and 14 hours: 23%, Between 14 and 21 hours: 19%, Between 21 and 28 hours: 12%
    Time Spent on Mobile Computing Devices
  • Devices Purchased in the Last 12 Months

    Tablets are gaining in popularity but are far from dominant. Smartphone: 51%, Mobile PC: 38%, Seven-inch tablet: 19%, Ten-inch tablet: 18%, Large-screen TV: 16%
    Devices Purchased in the Last 12 Months
  • Planned Device Purchases in the Next 12 Months

    Interest in a variety of connected devices is clearly growing. Smartphone: 23%, Laptop: 18%, Ten-inch or larger tablet: 16%, Seven-inch or smaller tablet: 12%, Smart TV: 11%
    Planned Device Purchases in the Next 12 Months
  • Connected Device in Everyday Use in Five Years

    Cars appear to be the next big emerging market for connected devices. Car: 45%, Home: 31%, Glasses: 14%, Clothes: 11%, Shoes: 9%
    Connected Device in Everyday Use in Five Years
  • Network Preferences

    There isn't much appreciation for telecommunications services. Wi-Fi: 57%, Wired: 19%, 3G: 7%, 4G: 5%
    Network Preferences
  • Responsibility for Providing Mobile Device

    Company responsibility: 29%, Prefer to buy their own: 29%
    Responsibility for Providing Mobile Device
 
 
 
 
 
Mike Vizard has been covering IT issues in the enterprise for 25 years as an editor and columnist for publications such as InfoWorld, eWeek, Baseline, CRN, ComputerWorld and Digital Review.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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