We tend to be canaries-in-a-coal mine here in Silicon Valley as we tend to live the way others will in the near future.
This survey, commissioned by Egnyte, a provider of cloud based file servers, questioned 350 people and found:
- Eight in ten small business professionals say they plan to work during the upcoming holiday season and most plan to do so remotely – from their home office, extended family’s/in-law’s house and even from the road.
-Nearly nine out of ten people will work from their smartphones, with iPhones and Androids leading the pack of the most popular devices.
- Three-fourths of people will use document apps most often.
- 82% plan to work during the holidays
- 73% anticipate doing work over Thanksgiving
- 87% will work during the December holidays (Christmas/Hanukah/Kwanza)
- 55% will work on New Year’s Eve/Day
There are many occasions that respondents say they’ll work over the holidays:
- 79% will work when they can get away with it
- 12% on the drive to Grandmother’s house
- 76% will access work data over the holiday season from their personal computer; 89% will work from their smartphones
- 63% predict Apple’s iPhone and iPad will be the biggest winner in the market in 2011; while 34% believe the Android device and tablet will come out on top.
Egnyte has an Android application that provides users the ability to develop, edit, and delete files – and even allows users to share multiple files via links or attachments with a unique expiration feature that can limit link access by date or by the number of clicks. Each time a file is opened, Egnyte creates a local copy on the Android device to ensure that, despite the loss of a network connection, users can continue working on files. It also ensures that all edits will be saved back to the file server.
[Cross-posted at Silicon Valley Watcher]