What’s the Impact of More Tablets in the Enterprise?
Author: Kristin Amico
Tablet sales continue to soar. Figures from research conducted by Flurry Analytics show that on Christmas day 2012 alone, as many as 17.4 million iOS and Android devices were turned on, including 8.9 million tablets, and IDC estimates tablet shipments will hit 350 million units by the end of 2017.
What impact is this having on business? More devices and accessibility in the enterprise environment has been linked to an increase in productivity, and a recent report shows that SMBs are getting in on the game, too. Sage North America undertook a survey of 490 small and midsize businesses in the US, reporting that 85 percent of respondents said technology had a positive impact on their business. Notebooks (80 percent) and smartphones (81 percent) were the most common devices employees used to access work-related information when not in the office, followed by tablets (57 percent).
This is further evidence that bring-your-own device (BYOD) is becoming the new norm in today’s workplace as it gives employees an easy and convenient way to access company information and applications. According to a study by Harris Interactive, 81% of businesses allow staff to bring in personally owned mobile devices for work purposes. Most businesses are already aware of the benefits of BYOD, but it still remains an issue for employers and IT departments, despite the fact that mobile devices became a natural part of the workplace environment long ago.
Tablets and other personal devices raise some concerns, particularly when it comes to data protection. Security issues stemming from the BYOD trend worries nearly 40% of security and risk executives, results from a recent survey conducted by Forrester showed. This is because hackers are increasingly targeting personal details, emails and confidential information that can be obtained by gaining access to corporate data stored on tablets and other mobile devices, which also affects enterprises and their clients.
Despite the security risks and challenges BYOD brings to the workplace, organizations should not rebuff the trend. They must try to embrace it by establishing new policies to let personal devices into the cubicle and use BYOD not only as a means to boost productivity, but also to promote it as a consistent and secure way for its business to grow in an interconnected world.
The first step towards adoption, whether your business has ten or tens of thousands of employees, is to establish a BYOD policy.
Once the policy is locked down, consider adopting HTML5 for mobile app development. This will ensure the greatest number of users have access to mission critical information regardless of device or location.