Mobile tools are most important for IT pros

A survey of IT professionals has indicated the personal business tools they couldn’t be without, as well as the equipment they would give-up as corporate budgets tighten. The responses show a clear preference for enterprise mobility, and question corporate spend on technologies that the IT function has already left behind.

Communications software firm OnRelay surveyed 330 IT professionals in UK enterprises, asking them to select out of a list of eight items the four office IT tools they regard as essential.

The nine items were: laptop PC; desktop PC; virtual private network (VPN) access; mobile phone; Blackberry; desk phone; video conferencing; or their own personal desk. 

The top three items chosen were all mobile office technologies. The laptop came in as the most essential item – making the must-have list of 88 per cent of respondents. The mobile phone came second at 74 per cent of respondents, followed by VPN access at 69 per cent. 

The least-chosen items emphasise the low priority end-users now place on fixed desktop equipment.  The office desk phone was the tool those questioned were most willing to give up, with only 18 per cent listing the desk phone as essential. This compares to the 20 per cent who prioritised a desktop PC, and the 22 per cent who chose video conferencing as a must-have.   

“IT decision makers want wireless, use wireless, and will lead the drive to cut the cord as budgets tighten,” says OnRelay CFO Marie Wold. “Desk phones will be phased-out of IT budgets to be replaced by mobile-only telephony.” The economic climate is accelerating this shift towards mobile integration in the corporate, Wold reckons.

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