IT execs: 'Don't take away the laptop'

As corporate budgets tighten IT professionals could be asked to cut back on kit. A survey has sorted the must haves from the rest.

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As corporate budgets tighten IT professionals could be asked to cut back on kit. A survey has sorted the must haves from the rest.

Some 330 professionals who work in the IT industry were asked by OnRelay, a United Kingdom-based unified communications software maker, about the top tech tools and office equipment that they most needed to get their jobs done.

The question posed was: "As corporate budgets have tightened, your company has asked you to choose a maximum of four office items from the list below to support your work. You will only be provided with these items. Which four will you choose?"

The list choose from included these eight options: laptop, desktop PC, VPN access, mobile phone, BlackBerry, desk phone, videoconferencing and an assigned desk.

Don't take away my laptop!

Respondents said that these four tech devices were most essential to their productivity: Laptops garnered 88 percent of respondents' votes. Next, nearly three-quarters (74 percent) selected the mobile phone, which was followed by VPN access (68 percent).

Rounding out the top four was the BlackBerry, with nearly half (46 percent) of respondents saying that they had to have their BlackBerry devices.

What did the respondents say they needed the least? The desk phone garnered only 18 percent, the desktop PC received 20 percent, followed by video-conferencing (23 percent) and an assigned desk (37 percent).

Another interesting piece of the survey results: While 87 percent of respondents currently had an office desk phone, if given the choice, 88 percent stated that they would choose a mobile device as their one business phone.

The survey was conducted by OnRelay, a United Kingdom-based unified communications software maker.

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