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Teleworking on the rise

In the past, the term "working" meant traveling to the office and conducting businesses activities in a cubicle. This is no longer the case, largely due to the emergence of mobile and cloud computing technologies that support remote access to mission-critical resources at any time, anywhere.

A new study by Intelligent Office highlighted the teleworking trend, noting that more people are working outside the office every day. The survey polled more than 1,000 employees across the United States and Canada and found that 70 percent of respondents regularly alternate between working from home and going to the office, while another 29 percent said they like to do business in other locations, including libraries, cafes and hotels.

"This survey further identifies that today's workers are continuing to shift towards a more personal and custom work style," said Tom Camplese, COO of Intelligent Office. "We are continuing to find that to maintain productivity while increasing mobility, a new breed of worker is conducting business on the go and wants to be able to work more independently, from anywhere and at any time."

By implementing a cloud infrastructure, decision-makers can be sure their organization supports a mobile workforce. As a result, more companies are migrating to the cloud in an effort to remain competitive and appeal to next-generation employees. According to MarketsandMarkets, the global cloud computing market is forecast to expand at a compound annual growth rate of more than 26 percent between 2010 and 2015, largely driven by ongoing deployments in the private sector.

While neglecting the cloud is not necessarily disastrous, it may make it more difficult for executives to support teleworking habits, which are becoming increasingly demanded.

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