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Survey: Cloud, mobility top priorities of CxOs

T.C. Seow | Oct. 5, 2012
Findings from CIO Asia's annual State of the CXO Survey show some silver linings. Some old challenges remain, but new ones will require fresh thinking to overcome in the journey ahead.

This augurs well for CXOs. Despite the continuing struggle of the European and U.S. economies, companies are willing to increase spending to ensure they continue to excel in their markets, or at least, attempt to attain operational excellence through technology use.

One big surprise, as far as technology priorities are concerned, is the emergence of mobility as the top priority. Again, this is hardly surprising, considering that the BYOD is now deeply entrenched in the enterprise space, thanks to the widespread use of smart devices such as smartphones and tablets. In the wider context, mobility is also transforming the way we work.

Citrix recently released a survey report titled, "Workplace of the Future", that shows nearly a third (28 percent) of Singapore organisations have already fully adopted mobile workstyles, compared to the global average of 24 percent, and in Asia Pacific, 21 percent. Additionally, a majority (88 percent) of organisations in Singapore plan to support a flexible workplace by 2014, which corresponds to the global average of 83 percent.

According to Citrix, globalisation, economic uncertainty and the consumerisation of IT are fundamentally changing the way businesses manage and operate. However, only a quarter of these organisations have the technical capability to support mobile workstyles for the entire organisation. With proper education and awareness of mobile workstyles and the technical capabilities needed to support mobile workstyles, organisations will be better prepared to empower the workforce of the future and reap the benefits, said Citrix.

Based on a poll of 1,900 senior IT decision-makers across 19 countries, the study projected that by 2020, organisations around the world are set to reduce office space by almost a fifth (17 percent). In Singapore, the workplace of the future is predicted to provide just six desks for every 10 workers by 2020, one of the lowest ratios globally. Singapore compares favourably against other developed economies in Asia Pacific as projected desk-to-worker ratios in 2020 for Japan stands at eight, and South Korea, seven.

The Citrix Workplace of the Future report shows that globally, a third of employees (29 percent) will no longer work from the traditional office. Instead employees will base themselves from various semi-permanent locations including the home (64 percent), field and project sites (60 percent), and customer or partner premises (50 percent).

The trend towards fewer office-based employees -- who use multiple computing devices to access corporate applications, data and services from a range of locations outside of the traditional office -- is part of a global trend called mobile workstyles.

Perhaps the words from one respondent sum it all up: "BYOD is an unavoidable trend and IT needs to make our infrastructure to get ready for this."


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