Diana Ayling shared this interesting post (originally posted here
), along with the observation and question: "This article explains how the high use of personal technology is affecting the workplace. How are we preparing our graduates for safe and appropriate use of personal technology at work?"
(Extracts from Source
: Sarah Putt. Auckland, Friday, 16 September, 2011
There is a growing disconnect between what devices and social media employees use, and what employers think their staff are using, according to survey of large organisations in New Zealand.
The Consumerisation of IT study by IDC, which is sponsored by Unisys, surveyed 25 organisations of which 87 percent had more than 1000 workers. The employers (70 percent of which held senior IT positions) were surveyed separately to their 200 employees.
"Unofficial bring-your-own-technology” (BYOT) is rife, but IT departments may be out of touch with what devices employees are using as business tools. In addition, an increasing number of employees report that laptops and tablets are more critical business devices than the desktop. Also, there is a growing trend among workers using smartphones as vital business tools.
“New Zealand organisations seem to be falling behind in getting ready to serve new generations of mobile, tech-savvy iWorkers. Most IT executives responding to the survey say that their organisations have not yet developed or modified employee-facing corporate applications other than email for their employees to use on mobile devices.
When employers were surveyed on the barriers to adopting BYOT, 87 percent said security was the top concern.
Hodgson says failure to provide IT support for employees on their own devices could have implications when recruiting top talent, as they may expect to be able to use the latest devices and participate actively in social media. Unisys New Zealand supports Apple and Microsoft operating systems for mobile devices, but most employees opting for BYOT in his company were picking the Apple OS.