Today, I’m excited to announce Avanade’s latest global research findings addressing the impact of consumerization of IT. As we’ve heard from executives and IT departments of our customers, and as noted in the press, we found that there is a rapid shift in the way employees are using personal technology in the workplace. In fact, globally, 88 percent of executives report employees are using their personal computing technologies for business purposes today. So it may not be surprising that nearly three-quarters (73 percent) of C-level executives report that the growing use of employee-owned technology is a top priority in their organization.
Our global survey of 600+ C-level executives and IT decision makers also dispelled several commonly held beliefs about the trend – including employee device preferences, hesitance of business leaders to embrace the trend and executive perspectives on Millennials. For business leaders, the consumerization of IT has less to do with the worker and more to do with the way employees work. Our research shows that productivity and anywhere access are rated significantly higher by executives over improved employee morale or providing greater responsibilities to younger employees.
And, despite the notion that business leaders are resisting the shift, we found that companies are investing in staff and resources to enable the consumerization of IT and have many of the resources that are needed today. Here’s my quick take on investments for consumerization of IT.
As you can see, progressive CIOs and IT organizations have moved from gatekeepers of consumer technology to enablers of these innovative devices, applications and services. Enterprises have an opportunity to embrace the consumerization of IT to help IT be a strategic enabler and leverage the breadth of today’s powerful consumer technologies to drive business productivity.
I encourage you to read the full report here. Or, check out our infographic on the findings below.
To download the infographic as a PDF, please click here.