As they continue to contribute more than €1tn to the European economy, today’s medium-sized businesses are investing fast in technology. However, with digital now a priority for businesses of all sizes, they must ensure they have the necessary skills and security management in place to handle the change, or risk falling behind competitors according to Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company.
Developed to explore how medium-sized businesses across the globe are currently adopting workplace technology, and featuring responses from over 2,700 employees in management and non-management roles across medium-sized businesses, ‘The Hidden Middle’ report uncovered a number of key trends:
- 63% of medium-sized business employees rated the ‘choice of technology, applications and IT support’ at their company as either good or very good - compared to 53% of those also surveyed from the largest companies
- Advanced audio-visual technologies (such as voice-activated speakers) were offered by an average of 27% of medium-sized business - compared to 16% of smaller and 22% of larger employers
- Around a quarter (24%) of medium-sized business employees said their company had invested in cloud storage software over the last 12 months - compared to 17% of large firms
- 39 per cent reported investments in this area in the last year - compared to 31% of large businesses
- 66% rate their ‘environment at work’ as either good or very good in comparison to those at the largest companies (57%)
- 72% of medium-sized business employees allow BYOD - compared to only 53% of those who work for larger employers
With two thirds of employees at medium-sized businesses (66%) saying their organisation was ‘at risk of falling behind competitors’ by not implementing new technology, the pressure to keep pace is clear, but so too are the associated dangers.
Despite being conscious of their organization’s cybersecurity, nearly three quarters (74%) of medium-sized business employees said they had taken risks with company data in the past year. In addition, less than half (48%) said that security was the responsibility of ‘every employee,’ compared to two thirds of those who work for the largest employers (66%).
Morten Illum, VP of EMEA at Aruba said, “as the adoption and integration of technology becomes a bigger priority across the corporate spectrum, medium-sized businesses have a distinct opportunity. Though often forgotten in the digital transformation conversation – with the focus instead on how large companies are struggling to adapt or smaller businesses are seizing the ability to scale – it is medium-sized businesses whose employees show the agility and willingness to make better use of technology and understanding of the opportunities it brings. The key is enabling them to do so. But with that comes a certain degree of security risk.
“The success of the digital workplace depends on the practical implementation of technology – and that’s as much about the user experience as it is the technical infrastructure. For medium-sized businesses to realise the full value of their investments and eliminate the risks, their leaders must ensure employees are given the training and support needed to make both productive and safe use of the new tools.”
For more information on Aruba’s cloud solutions for mid-sized businesses please visit: https://www.arubanetworks.com/en-gb/cloud-solutions-for-business-class-networking/