The Business Performance Management (BPM) Forum and Avaya conducted surveys of enterprise executives to reach these conclusions.
The BPM Forum study, entitled "The Remote Revolution: Uptime Issues, Implications & Imperatives in the Mobile Workforce," found that 71 percent of its 400 respondents expect the number of remote workers to grow within their organizations.
On the flip side of demand is the ability to support mobile users. With the increased number of users, 86 percent reported that their IT departments are under increased pressure to support their non-tethered peers.
The importance of reliable always-on access was also underscored by both Avaya and BPM Forum reports. Forty-one percent of respondents to the BPM Forum study noted that ineffective support for their users caused business disruptions for their companies.
More than half of Avaya's 600 respondents to its report, "Working to Communicate Better in Business," indicated that they missed business leads or meetings due to communications gaffes. They also had a financial impact, according to greater than one-third of respondents.
Among the surprise of the studies, according to Chris Kenton, senior vice president of the BPM Forum, were some of the issues that respondents didn't rate as a concern.
"Some of the issues that received almost no rating of concern surprised us, as those included worker productivity, monitoring employee use of devices and access to inappropriate materials," Kenton told internetnews.com.
"Those were things that quite frankly are fairly sexy stories in the news from time to time but less than 2 percent saw it as a significant concern."