Technology is evolving at light speed, and the way we work is changing with it. Capabilities that were unimaginable 10 or even 5 years ago are now commonplace, and this has driven efficiency and productivity by leaps and bounds. We now have the ability to work from virtually anywhere, storing our data “in the cloud,” and staying constantly linked to the central office via wireless broadband connections.
Over the past couple of years, one of the primary computing devices enabling this evolution has been the tablet computer — a sleek, elegant, and easy-to-use device that has gone from a niche product to a global phenomenon, seemingly overnight. As a way to boost mobility and efficiency, tablets are an excellent choice, and their role in the enterprise continues to grow. Over the next five years, total shipments of tablet computers to enterprises around the world are expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 48%, according to Infinite Research. Tablets’ portability, flexibility, and ease of use have made them a great fit for applications of all kinds. It’s clear that tablets are bringing improved productivity and mobility into the enterprise, but this technology evolution has not come without its growing pains. In many cases, tablets are so attractive to business users that many of them have not waited for their companies to issue them — they’ve brought their own personal devices to work. In other cases, organizations have issued devices to their employees that are better suited for consumer use and lack enterprise-critical security, durability, and functionality. This has resulted in a fragmented IT management landscape consisting of myriad devices with different operating systems, security challenges, and support needs.