Tablets Become Preferred Mobile Device for Enterprise Usage
A recent study found that tablets are becoming the preferred mobile device for enterprise usage, as workers are attracted to their long battery life and larger screens.
The increasing use of laptops in the corporate environment is a major development for IT teams as it brings new challenges for IT professionals and users. However, a large portion of the tools and processes that already exist can be adapted for laptops. The advent of tablet and its growing adoption in the enterprise might be described as revolutionary, considering the sudden rise in enterprise tablet usage seen over the last three years.
The booming tablet usage began in April 2010 with the launch of Apple’s iPad. Back then, customers were lured by its lighter form, thin body, and longer battery life. By the time Apple launched iPad 3 in March 2012, the company had registered sales of over 55 million units since the tablet was first introduced.
As a result of the iPad’s growing sales and the success of other companies like Amazon, which introduced its Kindle Fire, IDC Research revised its 2012 total tablet sales forecast to 106.1 million units from 87.7 million units, which is a significant increase from the previous year, when a total of 68.7 million units were sold.
With tablets now being an inseparable part of the enterprise, companies’ IT teams could be compelled to totally change the requirements and rules, as they are set to come across a whole bunch of new challenges. Furthermore, IT teams face growing tablet support demand from senior executives, which means that they need to act fast even before security information and IT efficiency implications are fully understood.
Laptops are most commonly based on the Windows operating system, while most of the tablets are not running on Microsoft’s platform. According to data from IDC, Apple’s iPad has a 57.4% share of the tablet market, with its nearest rivals, Amazon and Samsung, far away with 16.8% and 5.8% market shares, respectively. Both of them are running on Google’s Android platform.
Currently, the enterprise IT infrastructure is under pressure because of the increasing laptop support demand and it’s even less prepared to deal with tablets running on platforms. This is due to the fact that the same options for remote access, which are unsuitable for laptop users, are even less reliable for tablets running on non-Windows platforms.
Additionally, the traditional tools for desktop management that work well for laptop support are not applicable to tablets, in general. With all this in mind, IT executives are now seeking ways to bring such an enterprise computing infrastructure for mobility that also works well, without affecting efficiency and IT governance.