In fact, mobility functions have already made their way into many small and medium enterprises. The survey showed that three out of every four companies now have individuals who telecommute, and nine out of ten have employees who regularly travel on business. To support this significant, and growing, percentage of employees take advantage of mobile functionality, corporations have instituted formal telecommuting policies. As a result, seven percent of those surveyed have employees who work from home at least one day per week.
Because so many employees are now working remotely, small and medium businesses need additional telecommunications tools. CompTIA found that 44 percent of the respondents plan to invest in smart phones during the next 12 months. In addition, these companies are trying to make sure that their connections are connections. As a result, about one in three plans to purchase Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology within the year.
Communication technology has been changing dramatically during the past few years. Increasingly, small and medium businesses are recognizing the need to deploy new technologies. If a business is not willing to make such investments, it seems like its competitors are likely to, so support for mobile workers has become a necessity rather than a luxury.
How much does your company invest in mobile technology? What new technologies are you examining? Why are you making these changes?