I’ve noticed a surge in deal activity and other announcements during the first two weeks in November, and I’ve assumed that folks are trying to get plenty of work done before the holidays arrive in earnest and we’re on break.
Not so, according to Egnyte, a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of cloud file share solutions for enterprises and small businesses. Eight out of 10 professionals plan to work during the upcoming holidays, according to a survey released today by the VC-backed company. Egnyte also reported that 90% of those surveyed plan to work from their smartphones, while three-fourths will use document apps most often.
Among the other highlights of the survey: 73% said they will work on Thanksgiving; 87% said they will work during the December holidays (Christmas, Hanukah or Kwanzaa) and 55% plan to work over New Year’s.
But even while professionals are working rather than singing holiday songs and hanging up tinsel, they still want gifts. A total of 70% put the iPad on top of their holiday wish list, while 30% said they are hoping for an Android tablet (pictured above).
Egnyte surveyed more than 350 mobile business professionals through Zoomerang in October. You can view the full survey by clicking here.
So why does a cloud company like Egnyte care about how people work during the holidays? The company, which has raised about $7 million in two rounds, including from Floodgate and Polaris Venture Partners, is launching a new Android application to keep up with the anticipated demand for its cloud services. The Android app allows users to access, create, edit and delete files remotely and synch changes to a central file server.
The beauty of cloud technology is that it can dramatically increase productivity, which comes into play during those working holidays, according to CEO Vineet Jain.
Jain told me last month when he and I chatted that despite a lot of excitement building up over cloud technology, many old-style technologies, like FTP, are still in play.
And what does he think of the surge in cloud-related funding deals that we’ve seen lately?
“If I were to go up and down Sand Hill Road, I could get a lot of interest from VCs, I’m sure,” Jain said. “Perhaps we’ll go into fund-raising mode next year. But there’s no urgency.”