How Are Business Professionals Getting Work Done?

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Most of us are on electronic devices all day, communicating, creating, and getting work done.

A recent study conducted by Egnyte, a company that provides software enabled for sharing and storing, collected data from customers that exposed what kind of files they work with, how they work with them and even how they interact with them.

When it comes to business operations, it is crucial to understand what your employees are using, and what they prefer while working with data and secure information. This can help business leaders improve productivity in the work place, and strengthen IT strategies.

This survey went in-depth to find out where customer’s content lives and how it is being used. Chrome or iOS, mobile or desktop? let’s take a look at the results.

“…our team of data scientists examined a sample size of over 4 billion activities to gain more knowledge about the behavior of our customers’ employees (users) when they are working on content, i.e. what kind of devices they are using, what operating systems they prefer, etc.” Egnyte reports.

Is Chrome Preferred?

Turns out, yes. According to 4 million data activities collected, Chrome is a preferred 61% among workers while partaking in browsing. Internet Explorer and Firefox followed shortly after.

Chrome is run by Google and is said to be the most popular browser among users due to its simplistic unique features and its speed.

“In May 2016, Google Chrome was officially the most popular desktop browser, according to analytics firm Net Applications. In one year, Chrome’s user share has increased from around 25% to just over 41% while other browsers were either slightly losing ground or stagnating.” CIODive reports. 

When it comes to desktop and mobile activity Windows and Mac OS competed, and Windows won by 75%, and OS fell behind with 25%. This proves that 3 out of every 4 activities are being done through Windows on the desktop.

When it comes to mobile activity, 82% of users use iOS software developed by Apple, whereas only 18% of users prefer Android, developed by Google.

“The more interesting finding is negative correlation between desktop and mobile activities. Looking at the numbers, only 25% of desktop activities were done on MacOS while 82% of mobile activities were done on iOS. In contrast, 75% of desktop activities were done via Windows with 18% of mobile activities being done via Android.”  Egnyte reports. 

This means that if you are a business and you are not integrating both software applications, your employees may fall behind because mobile and desktop activity will not correlate.

Is A BYOD Strategy The Answer?

Understanding how your employees conduct activity on devices can help influence new business decisions.

With the increase of smart devices like Android based devices being used in the work place, BYOD is a tactic that can possibly be beneficial and meet the needs of all employees.

BYOD stands for bring your own device, and it has been proven popular among forward-thinking businesses. It is said to increase productivity among users because it provides a few key benefits.

  • BYOD provides mobility among devices and can set employees up to do jobs from anywhere at any time.
  • Employee satisfaction and comfort because they are able to use their own device, and their own preferred software.
  • Cost Savings – your company can save money because you will not be providing devices for employees.

This shift in business changes IT organizations because it puts the users in charge of IT behavior.

“As business leaders recognize the value of personally owned devices in the workplace, they are putting increasing pressure on IT to allow the use of these devices to access internal corporate resources.” Tech Crunch reports.

Understanding if your business is prepared for this new technique starts with understanding your employees, and what they prefer as well as how your IT team will be affected.

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