Survey finds increasing numbers of IT directors dispensing tablets to workers

A survey conducted by the Corporate IT Forum reports IT directors are increasingly deploying tablet devices.

A survey conducted by the Corporate IT Forum reports IT directors are increasingly deploying tablet devices.

In the Consumerisation Reality Checker survey of 58 IT directors, 34 said they are already providing tablets to staff in various roles across the business.

One IT director said he had just expanded the company's iPad pilot to include all senior executives in the company.

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"Our strategy is to move to smartphone and tablet for mobile staff," another added.

One IT director noted that senior executives are now demanding iPad usage.

In response to the question, "What impacts have been seen / expected to be seen from allowing personal devices on to the corporate network?", IT directors reported concerns about security.

However, IT directors rated increased employee satisfaction as the highest rated impact, of introducing consumer devices into the workplace.

The study also shows IT directors are now less concerned that personal devices decrease employee productivity.

 

Computer Weekly says...

Tablets are significantly cheaper compared to traditional corporate laptops and for many users who need to view rather than create content, a fully fledged laptop may be overkill. While a laptop needs regular software updates, OS maintenance and repairs are costly, a broken tablet can simply be replaced and treated like an item of stationary, with no need for IT support to get involved.

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