Latest research shows continued issues with enterprise mobility initiatives

The vast majority of executives polled by enterprise information management (EIM) provider M-Files say their employees have difficulty locating documents when working outside of the office.

The study, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne, quizzed 250 UK-based IT decision makers, and found more than half of respondents (51%) said they would like the ability to access company documents, or be able to edit them, when working remotely or on a mobile device.

44% of those polled added they wanted the ability to approve documents with digital signatures, while two in five (40%) say they are not able to share or collaborate on documents remotely.

The company has put its findings in a whitepaper called ‘Addressing Information Overload: The Challenge of Taming Content Chaos’, which goes into further detail about solutions to the problems. Referring to BYOD and BYOA, the report argues that ‘understanding what employees are doing, and why, is critically important if the IT department is to reclaim control and ensure the security of organisational data.’

“Effectively empowering your mobile workforce can make a big difference to productivity and efficiency, but only if the tools provided have the robust information management functionality required by organisations with the ease and simplicity employees demand,” said Julian Cook, VP of UK business at M-Files.

“It’s clear from our research that this is something that most organisations aren’t currently able to offer their employees,” Cook added. “Many remote workers still struggle to find the information they need and because of this must find workarounds, such as unauthorised file-sharing apps, just to keep the wheels moving.”

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