Tablets now workplace standard, says Dell

At least 90% of IT decision makers in most countries claim tablets are a standard part of their company’s IT strategy

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At least 90% of IT decision makers in most countries claim tablets are a standard part of their company’s IT strategy, according to a survey by Dell.

Excluding Japan, nine in 10 IT managers worldwide said tablets are either already part of their IT strategy, or are currently being evaluated, with 68% of those in the UK already offering the devices.

Dell's tablet group vice-president Neil Hand said the results show the way people work is changing. 

"Days spent going to a specific place to conduct business are fewer, while more employees are on the move and require access to company information outside of the workplace,” he said.

Android takes the top spot for supplied tablet operating systems in the UK, with 69% of organisations supplying Android tablets to workers. Other operating systems were more popular overseas, with Microsoft Windows coming first in the US and Apple's iOS leading in Japan.

Use of tablets is steadily growing and ownership in the UK has increased by 20% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2014, according to industry regulator Ofcom.

Many people now prefer to use tablets as opposed to PCs and smartphones for tasks such as shopping. In May 2014, a report from Forrester Research suggested the number of people using tablets to bank will exceed those using mobiles by 2016.

In the UK, more than half of technology managers believe tablets have increased employee productivity by 20% through increasing the ability to work flexibly, with 59% claiming tablets have fully met the requirements they had expected. 

Half of UK companies who provide tablets to workers as standard are planning to deploy more devices.

However, although they enable users, many companies are still concerned about device and data security. Of those not yet supplying tablets in the workplace in the UK, nearly half cited security concerns as the reason.

This is growing concern at organisations considering BYOD policies, and a recent survey by identity management firm Intercede showed almost a quarter of employees are unaware of their organisation’s BYOD policy.

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