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Number of Full-Time Telecommuters Has Doubled Since 2000, Says META Group

  • 24 September, 2003 12:48

<p>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ref MG4086</p>
<p>Number of Full-Time Telecommuters Has Doubled Since 2000, Says META Group</p>
<p>Enterprises Must Provide Workers With Tools and Support to Ensure Business Continuity</p>
<p>SYDNEY, Australia. (September 24, 2003) META Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: METG) research indicates that full-time telecommuters (those who have no workplace other than a home office) have doubled in number since 2000. Add to this teleworkers who spend more than 50% of their time working outside an office, and the number becomes staggering. Enterprises that ensure these workers are provided with appropriate tools and support are able to continue business as usual regardless of circumstance.</p>
<p>“Enterprises must establish guidelines for telecommuters traversing the remote site (home office) and for accommodations while within corporate premises. This strategy will ensure business continuity regardless of physical location,” said Elizabeth Ussher, vice president with META Group’s Technology Research Services. “Teleworkers in many industries (e.g., high tech, finance, sales) have become an integral part of the workforce their demands are increasingly seen as legitimate and taken into consideration when crafting an IT strategy.”</p>
<p>Teleworking policies continue to change as cultures and technologies mature, providing the framework for expansion from the traveling salesperson to the enterprise knowledge worker. Currently, more than 90% of enterprises use dial-up services to support such workers. However, functionality requirements for knowledge workers include the ability to access all relevant corporate and customer information, which demands reliable broadband access via cable modems, DSL, and other always-on Internet solutions for the remote workstation portfolio.</p>
<p>“By 2004, 40% of Global 2000 (G2000) companies will have an always-on broadband services policy that encompasses acceptable use, sourcing, payment/reimbursement, and service-level expectations (to include required quality of service for VoIP) for small, fixed remote sites and teleworkers. By 2006, 60% of G2000 organisations will have adopted such technology policies,” added Ussher. “Among the reasons enterprises are considering convergence (e.g., voice, data, video) are remote access by telecommuters to telephony features (including voice mail and station-to-station dialing) and access to non-telephony applications (e.g., corporate applications), underlining the need for an enterprisewide telecommuting strategy to include support.”</p>
<p>About META Group
META Group is a leading provider of information technology research, advisory services, and strategic consulting. Delivering objective and actionable guidance, META Group’s experienced analysts and consultants are trusted advisors to IT and business executives around the world. Our unique collaborative models and dedicated customer service help clients be more efficient, effective, and timely in their use of IT to achieve their business goals. Visit metagroup.com for more details on our high-value approach.</p>
<p>EDITORIAL CONTACTS:-
Kirsten Davey
Markom Marketing
+61-2-9977-8922
kirstendavey@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Peter Carr, General Manager
META Group
+61-2-9290-8659
peter.carr@metagroup.com</p>

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