Business Tablet Use Set to Close in on Smartphones

Business meeting tabletTablet use among enterprises is set to rise, with the devices bridging the gap between laptops and smartphones for data-intensive mobile applications.

While 74 per cent of organisations currently issue corporate-owned laptops, and 71 per cent issue smartphones, tablets lag behind, with only 47 per cent of businesses issuing them to employees. However, that gap is expected to close over the next few years, according to a new study by Frost & Sullivan.

By 2016, tablet use is predicted to rise to 56 per cent while smartphone use will actually decrease to 58 per cent, with tablets larger size and better specifications proving attractive to business users.

While almost 60 per cent of the organisations surveyed allowed personal devices to be connected to their corporate network, only four out of ten had formal bring your own device policies in place. Android has emerged as the most common mobile operating system for corporate-owned devices, with 56 per cent of companies utilising phones on the Google OS, compared to 41 per cent with iOS, 30 per cent with Windows Mobile and 28 per cent using BlackBerry.

“Overall, 62 per cent of the workforce is traditional, working at office locations,” said Karolina Olszewska, research analyst at Frost & Sullivan. “Mobile workers account for 22 per cent and remote workers the remaining 16 per cent. Although this trend is not expected to change drastically within the next three years, the number of in-office workers is expected to decrease, while remote and mobile workers are expected to increase, signifying greater opportunities for smartphone and tablet makers.”