Mar 10 2012
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Businesses embracing the value of mobility
Saturday, Mar 10, 2012
Dubai Businesses of all sizes across the globe are widely embracing mobile workstyles as a way to empower innovation and reduce costs while allowing people to work anywhere, anytime and on any device.
According to a recent study by Citrix, accelerating growth in the market for mobile applications can be attributed to the consumerisation of IT and increased employee usage of smartphones and tablets.
In particular, the downstream ramifications of employee interest in accessing their desktops on mobile devices have made mobile device support solutions critical for businesses.
“Workshifting, the practice of moving work to the most optimal location, time and resources, enables organisations to be more productive and agile, and provides people with added mobility and flexibility to move work to the most convenient and productive times, locations and devices,” said Mick Hollison, vice-president of integrated marketing and strategy at Citrix.
“Organisations are moving from traditional work environments and realising cost savings by enabling mobile workstyles.”
As workshifting becomes a high priority for organisations, Hollison said desktop virtualisation has emerged as an essential technology strategy for addressing the challenges it involves.
Applications, data and entire desktops are centralised in the data-centre and delivered as an on-demand service to people in any location, on any device.
“Virtualisation adoption varies significantly across the Middle East and Africa — ranging from high in South Africa to low in several Gulf countries,” said Jyoti Lalchandani, vice-president and regional managing director of IDC Middle East, Africa, and Turkey.
“However, virtualisation in now becoming a must-have in all IT places across the region.” In several organisations, Lalchandani said virtualisation adoption has reached a state of relatively high maturity as they move from test and development to production.
Adoption still lags behind in Gulf counties where system and application availability is a big concern and often overrides the cost benefits offered by virtualisation.
Saudi Arabia and the UAE will continue to be at the forefront of adoption. South Africa and Turkey, where costs are a major driver, are seeing a rapid increase in adoption. The emerging African markets, Kenya and Nigeria, will also see higher levels of adoption this year as awareness spreads and users begin to realise benefits.
Survey respondents confirmed that organisations are recognising the bene-fits of mobile workstyles and workshifting.
“The business reaps the rewards of a highly mobile and agile business with increased productivity and lower costs while people have the flexibility to choose the ideal time, place and device for their work,” Hollison said.
By Naushad K. Cherrayil?Staff Reporter
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