Mobility, smartphones having an impact on Canadian firms
March 26, 2013
Construction software is just one of the investments that executives are making this year as innovations such as the cloud and more advanced smartphones are forcing "bring your own device" policies to be a bigger part of business. A recent survey from CDW Canada revealed when organizations throughout the country were asked which technology area is a priority for their business in the upcoming year, 47 percent said they needed mobility management systems. The advancements made with mobile devices make it important for firms to know how to protect their business-critical information on their smartphones, laptops and tablets.
Smart devices playing a bigger role
Construction firms are increasingly outfitting their workers with smartphones and tablets, or allowing them to use their own to complete work-related tasks. Seventy-seven percent of employees in Canada said they use their personal mobile devices to access their corporate email and business documents, while 44 percent of respondents conduct work outside the office at least one to two days per week. Many of today's construction executives are moving from one job site to the next, and they need smart devices to carry out tasks while on-the-go.
Companies must protect these devices
While smartphones and tablets are becoming more popular among companies, there becomes a greater need to make sure these devices have the proper protection. The survey found companies are well aware of this with 42 percent claiming one of their top mobility concerns in securing corporate data, 24 percent responded managing devices are applications, while 12 percent stated their firms need to do better with maintaining network performance.
"Today everyone owns a smart device," said Daniel Reio, director of marketing for CDW Canada. "Employees are connecting to corporate networks and businesses are responsible for making sure those networks are secure. Having a system in place to protect your business against lost, stolen or compromised devices has become a necessity."
Failing to protect smart devices can lead to losing precious company data, and construction firms simply can't afford for that to happen. It's not always guaranteed they will be able to land new projects, and when they do, the firm needs to be sure relevant information is properly stored.