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A third of UK employees use a personal device for work purposes as IT management remains unaware

A recent study by Unisys has revealed that IT managers are struggling to deal with the volume of personal devices entering the workplace and accessing corporate networks without permission. In a survey of 987 end-users and 204 CIOs and IT directors across Western Europe, 95 per cent said that they had used at least one consumer device that they have purchased themselves for work purposes. In the UK, 38 per cent of ‘i-workers' use smartphones for work, although only 14 per cent of the employers surveyed believed this to be the case.

This “Consumer-Powered IT” trend is already turning traditional IT models on their head. It’s a powerful new way to work that Unisys have predicted will transform organizations over the next three to five years and usher in the fourth way of business productivity. And yet most organizations are woefully unprepared to capitalize on this powerful movement.

The survey revealed that 95 percent of iWorkers report that they use at least one self-purchased device for work. Despite employee willingness to buy and train themselves on their own consumer technologies, nearly 70 percent of IT decision-makers report that they continue traditional models to purchase employees’ devices and cover business-related charges.

Imerja is well positioned to help organisations face the fourth wave of productivity. Having recently launched a new portfolio of managed services, Imerja has focused on mobile working which is a key area where organisations can make huge cost savings on their own communications infrastructure. With Imerja mobile services, Imerja can deploy a secure environment onto any employee’s mobile phone, even one that is owned by the individual. This means that organisations can offer employees a mobile phone allowance rather than providing company mobile telephones, benefitting both the organisation and its employees by reducing overall costs to the business whilst enabling employees to have their own choice of handset. Security benefits include the development of bespoke business applications which allow users access to relevant information in a secure environment, ensuring that information is kept secure at all times and confidentiality is maintained. If a mobile phone is lost, the applications and data can be wiped remotely without compromise to whatever else may be on the phone.

For more information on how we can help your organisation secure and manage consumer-led devices, please email or call us on 0844 225 2888.

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