New York, NY (PRESS RELEASE – December 19, 2009) – Intermedia, the global leader in Microsoft Exchange hosting, surveyed nearly 200 small- and medium-sized businesses and found that 42 percent of IT professionals plan to work through the holidays compared to 84 percent in 2006.
The majority of IT professionals and business managers plan to check email from home while on holiday. 82 percent of business managers and 75 percent of IT professionals will also be reachable to coworkers over the holiday regardless of vacation plans.
“The survey results reflect a more mobile workforce. Higher numbers of managers are using smart phones and Outlook Web Access, so there’s less need for them to be tethered to the office during the holidays,” says Manlio Carrelli, chief marketing officer, Intermedia.
Anytime, anywhere access also appears to have reduced potential for professionals to use work as an excuse to avoid holiday responsibilities:
· 89 percent of both IT professionals and business managers surveyed said they won’t use work as an excuse to get out of helping around the house
· 89 percent of IT professionals and 80 percent of business managers won’t pretend to work in order to avoid relative.
Intermedia is the premier provider of communications services, including hosted Microsoft Exchange, to small- and mid-sized businesses. For an affordable monthly fee, customers get business email, telephony, smartphones, instant messaging, fax and other communications delivered as a service with 24×7 support.
Intermedia also empowers thousands of smaller VARs and MSPs – as well as select Fortune 500 companies – to sell communications services under their own brand. Founded in 1995, Intermedia was the first company to offer cloud-based business-class email and now has over 225,000 premium hosted Exchange mailboxes under management – more than any other provider. For more information, visit www.intermedia.net.