It is a truth universally acknowledged that every year since 2001 has been labelled the 'year of mobile'. While CIO UK columnist Mike Altendorf said last month that 2014 will be remembered as the year mobile went into decline, over the last 12 months mobility, BYOD, and collaboration was still very much on the agenda for CIOs.
"Within every country we operate, we have a mobile workforce that goes to the customers. Transactions on the move is a real opportunity for us to improve the business in terms of efficiency and speed.
"To me it is an anathema to bring what you use at home into work. People are used to multiple devices. BYOD has largely happened as IT departments have been weak when the senior management want to use their own iPad. I'm making sure we are providing equipment that is on a par, so employees don't have the desire of the new."
Keith Hopkinson, Genus CIO
"I wanted this to have more of an impact on the organisation than just give us your old device, so we got the supplier of wraps to protect the cars in shipment to supply us with laptop covers. There were 20 to choose from, all using Nissan imagery and branding. It is the small things like that that people didn't expect."
Stephen Kneebone, Nissan Europe CIO
"We have a peripatetic group of people and we're getting better at giving them technology – on tablets, for example. I want to develop a tree survey tool for tablets. That will be transformational for our people."
Sarah Flannigan, National Trust CIO
"Employees use their own technology, so we need to ensure feasibility. Data security matters a great deal and data cannot be vulnerable in any one place in the public sector. But we must not restrict mobile working."
Jos Creese, Hampshire County Council CIO
"With mobile we're giving people the app to do some reporting, so we can look at feedback and streamline our processes to improve business performance.
"We have several apps in development as there's a great desire by the organisation to move forward."
Richard Gifford, Carillion CIO
"We are equipping the staff with rugged tablets using Vodafone and EE wireless networks, some of our vehicles have antenna to send and receive data in dead spots. It's a challenging and rugged environment in Wales."
Martin Britton, Natural Resources Wales CIO
"Mobile is how we interact with citizens, and it's great as it's choking off the problem of digital inclusion."
Mark Gannon, Nottingham City Council CIO
"It is all about customer expectations. Most of our users are young and they adopt new technology very, very quickly. They are using mobile as their primary tool and primary information channel, so the Wi-Fi made real sense to us. Today our websites, like many organisations, are focused on a mobile version."
Richard Boulderstone, British Library CDO
"Giving police officers mobile devices sounds easy, but behind the scenes there is a huge amount of architecture and change."
Richard Thwaite, Metropolitan Police CIO
"We allow personal tablets, laptops and mobiles to be used as part of our web testing process providing they conform to certain criteria; this is making us as a business more aware of how the outside world interacts with us and has led to a significant increase in the submissions to our Smart ideas suggestion scheme."
Graham Benson, M and M IT director
"Mobility is incredibly important, but it's not about the device. It's about the data and accessing it on the right device, at the right place and at the right time.
"You can absolutely have a consumer device, but with it you are going to get consumer support.
"People talk about BYOD or 'choose-your-own-device' - but I call BYOD 'bring-your-own-disaster' if you haven't thought about the fallout of that going wrong."
Former G4S Risk Management CIO Tim Grieveson
"We have students walking in with multiple devices connecting to our network. We're really beefing up our network to handle the 30,000 connected devices.
"The number of devices has exploded in the last few years, but the ways the devices are used has changed also, while people are also looking at content in a lecture at the same point it's being delivered."
David Swayne, London South Bank University CIO
"Support for diverse devices and varied ways and places for working will continue to increase. Being in a University at present, I am working in an environment where BYOD has been the standard since the 1980s, if not longer. If anything, modern presentation and communication tools make it easier to deliver support to an array of devices, although it remains daunting."
Dr Carolyn Brown, Durham University CIO
"There's lots around that in order to support it. On our WiFi network we have in excess of 300 BYOD users, but we won't touch Android."
Former UCLH director of ICT James Thomas
"We all live very complex lives now as individuals so anything that can help manage that complexity by enabling you to work differently or more flexibly mean that it's just a touch easier than having to rigidly do things a certain way.
"Funnily enough I find that when people own their own device they tend to be far more careful with them."
Janet Day, BLP CIO
"It makes sense to enable certain services to be consumed on devices other than company-owned devices. It is a trend that is likely to continue. Technology not only allows us to improve enterprise-wide processes, but also how we operate as individuals and collaborate with others.
"BYOD appeals to certain individuals and is typically appreciated by them, and I believe that enabling users to work smarter should be part of an IT strategy.
"It's not a burden but an opportunity; an opportunity that needs to be managed, and not just from a technology perspective."
Marcus Claesson, Electrolux CIO