Business teams no longer need to rely on IT. That's the clear message I got from IDC's forecast that, in 2013, "non-IT business managers will purchase 80 percent of new technology directly for their teams." IT no longer needs to get out of the way: business units are just trampling it.
A report released today by cloud services company Cornerstone OnDemand underlined the same theme, and highlighted the paradox that employees find themselves both drowning in seas of information and scrabbling for new sources of data.
"Buy Your Own App" is the new watch-phrase as employees dissatisfied with company tools reach for their own devices and applications, even if it means opening their own pockets:
Of those currently using software for work, nearly four in ten employees (37 percent) said they are likely to spend their own money to download applications for work purposes in the next 12 months. Even 20 percent of employees not currently using applications for work said they were likely to do this.
When employees vote with their pockets, that's a sure sign they're being let down. But it's not like they don't have enough technology.
Of younger generation employees surveyed (18-32), 41 percent reported experiencing information overload, and 38 percent technology overload (older workers surveyed seemed to be under less strain). But they're still looking to technology as the solution for these problems:
Despite the attempts to unplug, people are still turning to tech to tame their always-on lives. They are even willing to try out wearable devices to manage everything from monitoring sleep, to exercise, to spurring self-improvement.
Here's an infographic which shows the devices and apps employees are reaching for to tame the information tiger:
— Kim Davis , Senior Editor, Internet Evolution