Don’t look now, but many company employees are turning off their company-issued laptops and BlackBerrys. They prefer to use their personal devices—sleek, mobile and intuitive—rather than the company-sanctioned technologies perceived as outdated and hard to use.
This emerging trend hit me hard when Dan Matthews, CTO at IFS, an ERP vendor based in Sweden, introduced me to his company’s recent survey of 281 managers in manufacturing companies. In a nutshell, the survey says that managers are far less likely to use IT’s large, expensive enterprise systems (like ERP and CRM) if the application interface is difficult to use. And they expect to get the corporate information they want by using their iOS or Android devices to gain remote access to corporate systems.