In last year’s movie, Up in the Air, George Clooney played a corporate frequent flyer ready to be put out to pasture when his antiquated methods are threatened to be replaced by technological advances implemented by a younger colleague. But which character is actually more representative of the typical mobile user? You might be surprised.
A recent survey of 1,100 mobile workers (those who use mobile devices such as laptops or smarthphones to access network resources outside their offices) showed that the typical user is around 46 years old. 84.6% have smartphones, with nearly 70% using their devices for work-related activities. Over two-fifths (43.5%) leave their laptops at work and rely on their smartphones when not on-site.
As for iPads, approximately one-fourth of workers (27%) believe tablet computers will replace the laptop. Over one-third of workers (37.2%) see the laptop replacing the desktop and another device being used for routine work within the next year.
The iPhone is the preferred next smartphone with 42.5% planning to purchase one when their current contracts expire. Less than one-fifth (19%) wanted a BlackBerry as their next device, with similar declining interests in Nokia, Windows Mobile, and WebOS devices. Younger workers, ages 25-34, had more than a passing interest in the Android platform (34%), but still preferred the iPhone (42%).
Combine this embrace of technology by executives and managers with the imminent increase in Webmail through such avenues as Facebook’s recent expansion of messaging services, and IT departments are facing a perfect storm of security threats.