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  • Only a small minority of companies are making enough use of automated and collaborative tools to be considered champions of information mobility, according to a recent survey from Ricoh. The resulting report, which addresses information gridlock, indicates that a significant number of employees are considered mobile or remote workers, yet relatively few of them can access key business apps via their mobile devices. Whether staffers connect from off-site locations or in an office, their productivity is limited because of a lack of automated business document workflows. In fact, a surprising number of organizations still store important enterprise information in filing cabinets—or even in "employees' heads"—according to the research. What's needed is an investment in essential technology solutions and training to maximize the advantages of information mobility. The report defines information mobility as the seamless movement of information among paper, digital and legacy formats—from any IT platform to another—as well as the ability to find and integrate information within all repositories, whether on-premise or in the cloud. More than 290 executives from IT and lines of business at director level or above took part in the research, which was conducted by IDC.   

  • Because technology has created a world in which we have constant access to information and communications, there really is no safe haven for professionals who would like to detach themselves from work-related tasks during their off-hours, according to a survey from ThinkingPhones. The resulting report, "The Constantly Connected Employee: Does the Workday Ever Really End?" indicates that most employees think it's fine to call or text co-workers and clients outside of business hours. Many check their company emails as soon as they wake up in the morning and shortly before going to bed. They also field office communications on their devices while on vacation or in the bathroom. And an alarming number of them do so while driving, posing a great risk to themselves and others. (Such practices increase the likelihood of an auto accident by 23 times.) "In today's digital world, with so many instant-communications devices at our fingertips, the fact that the majority of employees feel that it's acceptable to text or call co-workers regarding work-related matters outside of work isn't that surprising," according to the report. "However, other stats from the poll reflect a more intense connection to work. From the moment they wake up to the time they go to bed, employees feel they are expected to not just be available, but also be responsive to work-related correspondence." More than 1,000 U.S.-based employees took part in the research.

  • By now, it's apparent to just about everyone that digital technologies are both a blessing and a curse. They create new opportunities but also introduce bold new challenges. Mobility is at the center of this universe. It has revolutionized the enterprise, but it has also unleashed new risks and dangers—many revolving around bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and bring-your-own-apps (BYOA) initiatives. A new "Mobile Security Report" from cyber-security firm Spikes Security offers some insights into the state of mobile security. Among the key findings: Malicious exposures are common, a lack of knowledge about risks and prevention is prevalent, and the use of insecure devices and networks is near epidemic. The good news is that IT professionals are aware of these problems. "Nearly all respondents—99 percent—have concerns about mobile security," said Peter Tsai, IT content manager at Spiceworks. Franklyn Jones, CMO of Spikes Security, added: "The same challenges that IT security teams have had to deal with for on-premise users now apply to the growing number of mobile users. … The key difference is that, while on-premise network security is fairly mature, many organizations are still trying to understand how best to protect mobile users." The study is based on a Spiceworks survey of 160 IT professionals from organizations of 100 or more employees. Here's a look at some of the study's key findings and what IT leaders can do to mitigate dangers.