Monday, 28th May 2012, 10:21:06
Wi-Fi has changed how businesses consumer and exchange information, with the technology proving popular among users who need to travel for their work, according to an industry commentator.
Rene Hendrickse, iPass EMEA vice president, said that these people need to be productive so therefore they are connecting to wireless internet more often than they were before.
This is happening not just during work hours but also before and after the day is over.
"People are relying on it more. Wi-Fi is like electricity – you need it, you want to have it and business travellers are relying on these networks," he added.
With workers being away from their desks and accessing wireless internet, the cloud is also changing how staff operate.
Employees can now store information in the cloud and access it from anywhere in the world, whichever machine they are on.
This means that they do not have to worry about storage solutions such as memory sticks or removable hard drives, which will benefit those that are travelling around the country for their work.
"The interesting part in enterprise is that from an IT perspective we are recognising three very interesting aspects. First and foremost the IT department is pretty challenged, because they are looking at all of these business users using smartphones and networks more often, and not just a super-secure laptop. They don't really know what to do with it, looking at mobile device management," the expert noted.
Mr Hendrickse said that the second aspect of this was that users are consuming more data via smartphones and tablets. They often turn to Wi-Fi rather than using 3G as this will not eat into their monthly allowance.
Thirdly, workers are now bringing their own devices into the office.
"IT is losing control – how can they support all of that with security and roaming? So it's a pretty challenging task for IT for now," he added.
The task for IT is to provide solutions for all of these devices, rather than two years ago where business people simply turned to a laptop and BlackBerry phone.
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