Majority of companies to accept staff-owned smartphones

More than half of large organisations will allow staff to access corporate documents via mobiles or tablets in the next 12 months, according to research.

More than half of large organisations will allow staff to access corporate documents via mobiles or tablets in the next 12 months, according to research.

Around 54% of UK CIOs and IT directors have granted employees access to corporate documents through smart devices, or plan to within the next year, according to the study by document collaboration company Workshare.

The use of personal mobiles for work is driving the uptake of collaboration technologies, which enable staff to access documents on the move, says Tim Shepherd, mobile industry analyst at Canalys.

"While many businesses are doing corporate roll-outs of smartphones, more are allowing staff to bring in their own devices, mainly to benefit from increased mobility without having to make huge investments," he said.

Shepherd says the use of mobile devices for collaboration technologies will continue to increase significantly.

"The public sector is the one area where I don't expect people to be allowed to use their own devices soon. Nevertheless we will see the public sector do more managed roll-outs to controlled groups," he said.

However, Jos Creese, president of government IT user group Socitm, predicts that in the next three years more public sector employees will be using their own laptops and phones for work purposes.

"In the past organisations used to provide vehicles for staff, but now the days of lease cars are over. It's not so different now with technology as devices [such as smartphones and laptops] become more ubiquitous," he said.

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