By Paul Hennin, Aerohive's Director of Marketing, International
Last month the UK Aerohive
team headed to Infosecurity Europe
. Whilst loving the time spent with partners and customers, as well as taking in the infosecsights, we also talked to a heap of IT professionals about their plans for mobility in their organisations.
Our survey of attendees revealed some real insights into the take-up of BYOD
programs (really fast!), concerns around proliferating devices (retaining control!) and what are considered the biggest barriers to enabling a truly mobile workforce.
What did we find? Well, read on! Upfront and centre, the right wireless infrastructure was found to be a critical enabler of course! A network that is resilient (77%) assures the safeguarding of corporate data (89%) and has the performance and capacity needed to cope with the influx of new devices(53%) were considered the three most important attributes.
That’s just one finding, here’s an overview of the other things our Infosecers had to say:
BYOD is a given!
Two thirds of those we quizzed had already deployed (37%) or are currently in the planning stages (29%) of a BYOD strategy in their business. A further 27% plan to do so in time.
Of those that had not yet implemented BYOD, retaining control was the highest reason given for holding back (33%).
User mobility means wireless first!
The survey found that evolving mobile working practices sees wireless already acting as a primary access layer for more than 40% of businesses. More than that, according to the IT professionals we spoke to, this is expected to rise to a whopping 90% in the next 5-10 years. Look out 2024!
42.9% of repondents stated that wireless is already on a par with their wired access (27.6%) or acting as the primary access layer (15.3%).
By 2015, 60% of businesses believed wireless will be the primary, or at minimum equal, access layer. Increasing to almost 90% in 5-10 years!
Interestingly, 12.5% stated that wireless would never overtake wired in their business.
Barriers to Mobility
When asked what they considered to be the biggest barriers to enabling a truly mobile workforce, ensuring security of business data (27%) and retaining control of user access
(18%) ranked as the highest first-choice concern for our respondents.
In second, 28% cited keeping up with user demand as a significant barrier, closely followed by maintaining visibility of network resources (26%).
When it came to selecting a third choice having the capacity and management in place to cope with the number of devices topped the rankings with 37%.
It’s fair to say mobility is on a charge. We know this at Aerohive
, but nothing beats hearing the real-challenges and opinions of those on the front line. So we’ll be asking more questions, at more events, and sharing them here soon…