Forrester Research: Mobility and Collaborative Technologies Key in 2013
Last week, Forrester Research hosted an event for tech vendors on 2013 IT spending trends in Australia and New Zealand. One of the key takeaways from this event highlights an emerging trend not just in that region, but all over the world. Business decision-makers are taking an increasingly proactive role in IT-related investments in order to bolster the mobility and collaborative capabilities of their workforces.
According to Forrester, the goal is to streamline targeted business processes, improve employee performance and productivity, and enable faster and more fruitful innovation. This not only improves how companies work internally, but also how they deliver products and services to their clients. Furthermore, Forrester said in a recent blog post that the focus must shift from short-term profit realization to building long-term business value.
As the global workforce becomes increasingly mobile, companies are searching for ways to become more flexible and productive without compromising security. Whether embracing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies or supplying workers with company-owned laptops, smartphones or tablet computers, remote working capabilities are clearly on the minds of business executives everywhere. No longer is this issue and related decisions solely under the purview of IT departments.
Technologies like comprehensive VPN solutions with robust personal dynamic firewalls and seamless roaming features are highly sought-after by organizations that recognize the value of having security and convenience rolled into one package. BYOD popularity and mobile device use is only going to grow in 2013 and beyond, and businesses that invest in solutions that promote security, collaboration and innovation are likely to stand head-and-shoulders above the competition.