The Impact of the Cloud on the Mobile Worker and the Organization

By James Sena.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Technology, computers, the Internet, and the World Wide Web are an accepted part of survival and success in the business world. Their acceptance means that organizations must exist and function competitively and profitably in the virtual world of cyberspace. Today work is becoming less defined as a place where one goes to, and by what one does. There has been a rapid shift in workplace dynamics with workers outside the traditional office boundaries. Already organizations of all sizes are taking advantage of anytime, anywhere access; Web services; and social networking features to boost employee collaboration, improve customer service and speed decision-making. providing organization’s with a competitive edge.
Like previous technology waves mobile devices are actually a godsend for productivity and collaboration. The increase in the number of mobile workers and the trend for individuals to work on- the-go requires the need to be connected ” and to interact with business-critical information by means of the “cloud. Every organization has a distinct threshold for absorbing change. This threshold ultimately determines the pace at which many initiatives can be implelemented and accepted. When considering the mobile worker both IT and the organization need to understand the supply and demand of change and anticipate appropriately.
This paper explores the changing environments of the corporation and the impact of this “cloud” on mobile workers and their affiliated organization(s). Mobile workers can be found in a variety of work settings with varying degrees of virtuality and mobility. The roles and composition of the mobile work force are delineated and investigated; the need for corporate oversight, security and governance are discussed. Overarching these work settings is the use and deployment of the cloud. The cloud is defined and a taxonomy presented which ties directly to the mobile workers and their various needs and activities

Keywords: Mobile Worker(s), The Cloud, The Changing Organization

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp.61-71. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 517.268KB).

Dr. James Sena

Professor of Management and Information Systems, Orfalea College of Business, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA

Professor of Management & Information Systems. Education includes a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems, awarded by the University of Kentucky, as well as a Master's Degree in Information Science from the University of Dayton. Received an MBA specializing in Operations Research from Xavier University of Ohio, complimented by Graduate work in Actuarial Science at the University of Iowa. Earned a Bachelor's in Mathematics from Xavier University of Ohio. Teaching specializations include Organization Systems and Technology, Project Management, Computer Security. Network Systems, Java, Data Structures, Management Information Systems, Decision Support and Expert Systems, Operations research, Data Warehouse & Data Mining. Research interests include Knowledge Management, CISCO Network Management; Agent-based components; Platform Architectures; Sustainable Work Systems; Process Analysis and Reengineering, Research and Development of group decision making and organizational analysis computer software. Use of Windows software development tools to create management support systems - Visual Studio, Java, MS Excel & Access, and impact of computer-based information technologies. Dr. Sena has published articles in the areas of Computer Security, Learning Mechanisms, Sustainable Work Systems, knowledge Management, Intellectual Capital, Accounting Information Systems, Deployment of Software Tools in Organizations, Impact and Assessment of Local Area Networks in Organizations, Expert Systems, Decision Support Systems, Impact and Assessment of Information Technologies on Organizations.

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