Ross Piper, Vice President of Enterprise Strategy at Dropbox, discussed how the global workforce is becoming increasingly mobile during a Thought Leadership Spotlight Presented by Dropbox at the 2014 Chief Information Officer Leadership Forum in Chicago on June 19. In his presentation, "The Future of Work," Piper noted the average mobile device user leverages three devices, and this average could rise over the next few years.
Piper said data storage has been problematic for many mobile device users. Because email attachments and USB drives provide only a limited amount of storage space, Piper said, many organizations will look to the cloud to provide unlimited storage. Piper noted his company has been successful because it delivers anytime, anywhere access to data: "If you’re using Dropbox at work, we want you to be able to do it in the managed solution that gives you all the admin control, auditability and sharing capability that you’d expect within a business. That’s our mission."
In addition, Piper pointed out the user experience is critical for his company's data storage solution. He noted all of the personal information is owned by the individual, which makes it simple for users to avoid data management and storage problems: "All of the work content is managed, controlled and really owned by the admin ... All the personal data is owned by the individual. But we do it in a way that’s simple for people so that they don’t have those big obstacles."