Cisco CTO urges firms to be more flexible with IT access

Businesses must adopt new mobile technologies and be more flexible with access to their IT infrastructure or risk losing top talent to their rivals, according to Cisco's chief technology officer. Commenting on Cisco's latest Connected World report, Ian Foddering, CTO at Cisco UK & Ireland, said

Businesses must adopt new mobile technologies and be more flexible with access to their IT infrastructure or risk losing top talent to their rivals, according to Cisco's chief technology officer.

Commenting on Cisco's latest Connected World report, Ian Foddering, CTO at Cisco UK & Ireland, said attitudes towards information access, mobile devices and social media have put pressure on businesses to adopt a wider range of technologies and improve IT infrastructure to attract and retain staff.

Cisco's second Connected World Technology report surveyed 2,800 people under the age of 30 worldwide. with the report finding one-third of young people viewed the internet as a fundamental human resource. A total of 58% of employees said a mobile device was the most important technology in their lives.

Foddering said HR directors had seen a shift from employees asking about company car policies to asking about personal mobile device usage policies.

"This shift is causing concern for companies without the IT infrastructure to support personal mobile devices and data. This will lead to a struggle to attract top talent in competition with niche or global organisations that do have the capability to support the latest and greatest technology for employees," he said.

Cisco's first Connected World Technology report showed two-thirds of people surveyed were willing to take a pay cut to enable them to have greater flexibility over personal device usage.

"Employees are looking for different things, rather than just financial remuneration packages," said Foddering.

He added that supporting personal mobile devices also requires updated governance and cultural policies as well as adequate security measures.

A version of this story, written by Jenny Williams first appeared on www.computerweekly.com

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