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  • This leading research university turns to a mobile app strategy as part of a focus on digital information delivery and a more cost-effective IT infrastructure.

  • There's no doubt that technology is reshaping the way people think about how, when and where they work. In fact, in a recent survey, a significant number of Generation X and Generation Y professionals said they would be ready to move to Mars if their company opened a branch there. And a similar number said they would have a brain implant if it "made the World Wide Web instantly accessible to their thoughts." These are among the many surprising findings in Cisco's annual "Connected World Technology Report," an exhaustive survey of 2,000 Gen X, Gen Y and HR professionals that examines the changing relationship between employee behavior and the increasingly pervasive nature of the Internet. Taken as a whole, the report indicates just how much the spread of mobile devices—along with the resulting anytime/anywhere access to applications and data—is causing employees to shift their priorities and ask for the ability to seamlessly blend their professional and personal lives. Although some relics survive, such as the affinity for laptops and old-fashioned note taking, there are clearly huge changes afoot for forward-looking employers. "Businesses should grab this opportunity to re-examine how they need to evolve in order to attract top talent and shape their business models," said Lance Perry, Cisco's vice president of IT customer strategy and success. "Without a doubt, our world is changing to be much more Internet-focused, and it becomes even more so with each new generation."

  • The bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement has radically transformed the enterprise and has helped organizations achieve productivity and cost gains that were previously unimaginable. It also has led to happier,more engaged employees. But there's a downside to these gains. One of the most troubling issues is a rapid uptick in mobile security breaches. According to British telecom firm BT, 98 percent of U.S. firms allow employees to use personal mobile devices for work. However, organizations struggle to manage mobile devices, develop effective policies and controls, and create a secure environment that works for both the business and the employees. A recent survey, which was conducted by BT in conjunction with market research firm Vanson Bourne (with 640 interviews from managers at large global organizations), explored the uptake in adoption of BYOD and corporate-owned-personally-enabled (COPE) devices. It identified a number of key areas that CIOs and other business and IT executives must deal with, including executive and staff attitudes and security protocols.

  • Tablets have emerged as standard work devices in most organizations, according to a recent survey from Dell. And, so far, these deployments are getting good reviews: Most IT decision-makers surveyed reported that tablets are meeting—if not exceeding—their expectations. An overwhelming majority of the respondents said that these devices are increasing employee productivity. Perhaps the widespread acceptance goes back to the "Goldilocks" factor: For users who consider laptops too clunky and smartphones too small to use as primary work machines, the tablet has emerged as "just right." Nevertheless, tablets are not replacing laptops or smartphones. Given our obsession with perpetual connectivity, tablets are most frequently used in tandem with the other devices. Not all of the feedback from survey participants is positive, however, as a significant number of the respondents believe that tablets are more vulnerable to both physical damage and cyber-security threats than traditional desktop computers. An estimated 250 U.S. IT decision-makers took part in the research, which was conducted by the Harris Poll.

  • Are you prepared to provide more enterprise investment—and IT support—to boost wearable technology adoption among employees? That day may be coming soon, as many professionals feel their companies should pay for wearable gadgets such as smart watches and smart glasses, according to a recent survey from PwC. Why? Because survey respondents said these products should make them more productive and efficient, while providing a better level of customer service. There are, however, significant reservations among employees about wearable technology, especially with regard to privacy and security. And tech departments must ensure that the user experience is consistent as they switch from more traditional computing devices to wearable ones, especially when it comes to information management. "Inconsistency of data remains one of the top challenges for wearable technologies today," says Mike Pegler, principal of PwC US technology practice. "For wearables to be effective across both primary and secondary devices, there needs to be an established frequency of measurement. Enterprises must forge partnerships and develop IT and platform alliances to deliver seamless experiences on both the front end and back end of wearable implementations." More than 1,000 people took part in the research.

  • A prominent footwear and athletic apparel retailer tackles customer engagement with a mobile app strategy that connects it with its core customers: Millennials.