Last week I polled, What’s the one place at work where you’d like better wireless connectivity? and was honestly a little surprised by the number one answer. The second-place place where people wanted better wireless coverage was conference rooms, which makes sense. At some of the smaller companies I’ve worked at conference rooms were usually on the perimeter of the building and the coverage was poor. Even within Cisco just a few years ago, a common refrain in meetings was complaints about the spotty coverage. We knew what rooms had better connectivity, and which rooms were to be avoided. So this answer wasn’t much of a surprise.
The first place, as of this writing, was the bathroom. Almost 40% of you want better wireless coverage in your bathrooms. At work. Next time one of your colleagues wants you to help them with something on their computers or phones or tablets just think about that.
One place I hadn’t considered adding was parking lots. A few people commented on that and made me realize how often I’ve used my laptop or phone in a car. Of course, in case any of you are with the CA DMV, I’d never use them while driving. But I have often driven to a building and then wanted to shoot off a quick email before going into a meeting. Sometimes I’ll use my phone, but often I need a larger screen and will go with my computer or tablet if I brought it that day, which is rare.
So the Poll for this week: How many mobile devices do you bring to work? Think of your typical work day. Count what you consider mobile devices, and if your commute was just five steps from your bedroom to your home office – how many mobile devices do you use to get your work done?
Also! Before the poll, we have a little trivia game running now through Wednesday in our Enterprise WAN App. Did you know we have an Enterprise WAN App? It’s pretty simple, easy to use, and we’re planning to roll out occasional trivia games on it. If you know what CSR stands for or who won a Best of Interop award recently, you could win an iPad or AppleTV [Please see the T&Cs in the app for the official rules]. I encourage you to download the app on your mobile device and check it out. You can also scan the QR code to the left with your iOS or Android device and download the app from there. [If you want to type in the URL into your device’s browser it’s: http://tinyurl.com/ciscoewan]
If you carry more than 2-3 I want to hear from you – what are you bringing? Cameras? Extra phones? Extra tablets?
UPDATED August 09, 2012: Be sure to check out the follow-up Poll: How many enterprise apps do you use? If you have comments for this poll, be sure to add to the discussion of the follow-up poll discussing what types of business apps you use on all your mobile devices!