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UK Public Sector Unprepared for the Impact of Wireless Wearable Technology

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A Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request made by Ipswitch to 634 United Kingdom public sector organizations revealed that 85 percent of the respondents do not have a plan in place for managing wireless wearable technology in the workplace.

The FOIA request was designed to see if IT professionals in the UK public sector are effectively using network management and network monitoring tools to manage present and future challenges. As BYOD gathers momentum, including the adoption of wearable technology by workers, many UK Public Sector Organizations risk losing control of their network, their wireless devices and the bandwidth needed to function.

UK Public Sector Organizations responses reveal lack of attention on network management and application performance management

  • Even though the vast majority (93 percent) have invested in network management tools, nearly two-thirds (65 percent) cannot distinguish between wired and wireless devices on their network
  • The majority (87 percent) cited network performance as a key priority but less than a quarter (23 percent) bothers to review network performance regularly during office hours.
  • Additionally, just over a third (34 percent) review network performance on a weekly basis or less frequently while one in eight (12 percent) admit to not reviewing network performance at all

"Many cash-strapped UK government bodies are spending on network management tools offering features that they either don't need, or will never use. Meanwhile, they appear unable to easily gather fundamental data about the growing number of devices on their network," said Ennio Carboni, executive vice president of customer solutions at Ipswitch.

"It's a perfect storm of device overload and application performance problems that they'll struggle to manage. Government bodies in the UK should ask themselves what they really need to understand about their network, and ensure they're using a solution closely aligned to this need", Carboni added.

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