“The level of consumption is going up significantly especially with mobile devices. The apps are so easy to navigate; employees don’t need training for that,” Bussmann said. “With apps, you can go through that information quickly, and then you are up to date. And that is a competitive advantage.”
But employers are after more than just making it easier for their employees to get access to company information. Companies also want greater access to their workers.
“Basically, you’re going to get more hours out of your employees,” said Chris Fleck, vice president of solutions development at Citrix , a virtual solutions company. “Flat out, you are going to get more work. … So what if it costs a couple extra hundred dollars per user? You’re probably going to make that in a week if you’re getting another hour out of that high-paid knowledge worker, or your getting a sales guy to respond to a customer immediately, as opposed to waiting until next week.”
Employees are also more likely to take consumer products like iPads and iPhones with them wherever they go, as opposed to a clunky laptop, Fleck said at a CES conference panel Wednesday.
There are also several new devices on display at CES, including the Samsung Galaxy Note, that Bussmann said he thinks will eventually be introduced into the workplace.Page 2 of 3 | Prev Page | Next Page