European firms accept more personal IT in the workplace

A survey of almost 700 large firms globally by Unisys says the "consumerisation" of technology and the advent of Web 2.0 technologies is changing corporate thinking.

A survey of almost 700 large firms globally by Unisys says the "consumerisation" of technology and the advent of Web 2.0 technologies is changing corporate thinking.

The survey found that European companies are more willing for their staff to use their own IT applications in the course of their work than firms in any other region around the world.

The survey, conducted by research firm IDG Research Services, highlights a shift in corporate attitudes to the use of personal IT applications by staff as employees use their own devices and systems to complete tasks as part of their job.

On a global basis, 48% of companies that allow employees to use their own applications on company equipment, and provide IT support for these personal devices, are in Europe, compared with only 17% in South America and 10% in North America.

Collaboration tools such as instant messaging and web conferencing are gaining in sophistication, and social networking tools such as blogs, wikis and the like are creeping into the business world, said Unisys.




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