Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

Summary:Twenty six percent of enterprises are using or planning to use tablets, according to Forrester. However, only 2 percent will support employees who bring their own PC.

Twenty six percent of enterprises are using or planning to use tablets, according to Forrester. However, only 2 percent will support employees who bring their own PC.

It's a bit of a conundrum. Workers are bringing tablets like the Apple iPad to work, but PCs are frowned upon over security worries.

Among the key findings from Forrester's latest hardware survey of 2,300 IT executives in the U.S., U.K, Canada, Germany and France.

  • 26 percent of enterprises with 1,000 employees or more were planning to implement tablets. Of that group, 4 percent already implemented and 17 percent were piloting.

  • 2 percent of companies were implementing or piloting bring your own PC models. That finding is comical given the extent that research firms like Gartner and Forrester have pushed the idea.
  • 84 percent of enterprises are using consumer-ish Web applications on the PC.
  • 80 percent of companies were supporting multiple smartphones and laptop models. Enterprises plan to support more configurations in 2012.
  • Interest in infrastructure as a service comes from buyers outside the IT organization. Key quote:

Among respondents whose companies are using or are planning to adopt IaaS, 58% reported that the strongest IaaS interest was coming from informal IaaS buyers, such as developers and business staff, rather than the 35% who reported data center managers, who are the archetype of formal IaaS buyers.

  • Virtualization has been adopted by 72 percent of large companies and 62 percent small ones. Maturity levels, however, remain low.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets

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Larry Dignan is Editor in Chief of ZDNet and SmartPlanet as well as Editorial Director of ZDNet's sister site TechRepublic. He was most recently Executive Editor of News and Blogs at ZDNet. Prior to that he was executive news editor at eWeek and news editor at Baseline. He also served as the East Coast news editor and finance editor at CN... Full Bio

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