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

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.

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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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  • iTunes remains Apple's biggest issues in the Enterprise.

    While Apple has been a boon to consumer adoption, profit and growth, the iPad's reliance is Apple's weak link that can be targeted by competition like RIM, MS and Android. Apple really needs to come out with a no iTunes solution for basic file transfer and startup.
    Bruizer
    • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

      @Bruizer
      Expandable memory? SD Card slot? Keep dreaming.
      The one and only, Cylon Centurion
    • iPad doesn't need iTunes

      @Bruizer
      Just get them to activate your iPad at the Apple store and then you are done. Then just keep your eye on the news and when Apple releases an update, just go back to the Apple store and ask them to apply it. It absolutely couldn't be any easier!!
      edtimes
      • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

        @edtimes Yeah 1000 employees will be lining up outside the Apple stores. Will you be there to help update the iPads ?
        1773
      • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

        @edtimes
        That sounds pretty dreadful to me. You still have the security issues inherent to iTunes. You still need an iTunes account, per person, with credit cards attached.

        I actually agree 100% with Bruizer on this one. The idea is rather easy, really. If Apple were to give a company-wide iTunes or iTunes-like account for its employees, with usernames@company.com or some such, and let them update through their work terminals, the iPad would kill it.

        The question is, are they willing to do it?
        hoaxoner
      • @hoaxner: but then it wouldn't be simple any more

        Apple is all about keeping things simple so that we don't have to figure out complicated things. If you bring in the concept of a different type of itunes account then everyone will get so confused, especially if your employee also has a personal iTunes account. Now I'm supposed to keep track of 2 itunes accounts? And each works differently? Huh? Sounds far too confusing.

        Apple sells to me and all other Apple users BECAUSE Apple keeps things simple for us. You are asking Apple to be all confusing like Microsoft. I gave up Microsoft because I hate confusing.
        edtimes
      • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

        @edtimes

        Actually it could if you didn't need to frequent the Crapple store! If you could do it in the comfort of your own home, at work or OTA would be better then you don't need to waste your time, gas and energy going to the Apple store!
        audidiablo
      • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

        @edtimes

        Your confusing two issues. If said device is corporate liable - there isn't two iTunes accounts. The corporate one is used on your corporate device and your personal one doesn't get onto the corporate one. The issue is PL vs. CL and trying to combine the two is just a mess right now as corporate wants control and a definition of acceptable usage and users want to have it both ways.

        Thus the (or not) case for BYOT programs. You want it? You pay for it and support it yourself.

        I fully agree if Apple wants enterprise they need to drop iTunes or come out with a corporate type account with proper billing and asset management tools for Apps etc.
        MobileAdmin
      • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

        @edtimes

        Not everybody only has like 4 friends or people they know. Try doing this for hundreds or even thousands of people. Your method works fine as a consumer model and I applaud the simplicity of it (most of the time) but in the real world this doesn't always work. Thanks for your useless input though as always.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

        @hoaxoner
        "You still need an iTunes account, per person, with credit cards attached."

        This is absolutely untrue. Please do some research before you make statements that show you to be stupid.
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
      • You still need iTunes to get files to Pages and such.

        The email method is a drag;-)
        Bruizer
    • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

      @Bruizer
      Interesting point but this article addresses the observation that employees already own a tablet (let's assume most of those are iPads) and have come to grips with those file transfer issues using iTunes. (I mean, how many times does an owner of a smartphone transfer files to and from that device to an enterprise based computer?)

      Remember.. the iPad is NOT a laptop so the functionality or usefulness inside an enterprise environment may not depend on traditional laptop computer functions or file transfer issues.

      Mary-Jo's recent article points to additional enterprise level support for tablets.

      http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/microsoft-readies-tool-for-managing-ipads-iphones-and-android-devices/8987?tag=content;selector-blogs
      kenosha77a
      • Exactly right about file transfers

        @kenosha7777
        I find it really simple to just email myself any file that I need and then in most cases, I can work with it in my email inbox. I actually have quite a neat system where I use different IMAP folders for each type of attachment and each project. Easy! Convenient! Just like everything Apple does.
        edtimes
      • Another very good point about iPad not being a laptop

        @kenosha7777
        I've seen several people in different organizations carry both an iPad and a MacBook. The iPad is great for pinching and zooming websites while the MacBook excels at file transfers. So really, the file transfer argument is moot. If you really need to transfer a lot of files, just carry both an iPad and a MacBook. Problem solved.
        edtimes
      • I am thinking presentations.

        @kenosha7777

        You have the presentation on your work PC and you want to move it over to your iPad so you can use AirPlay in a meeting and use the iPad as the presentation player.

        It works slick and actually has a nice feel to doing it. The file transfer is the only real PITA.
        Bruizer
    • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

      @Bruizer

      That is probably the biggest issue I have with iPads and tablets in general.

      My school district is taking baby steps in the tablet arena to see how it matures. Right now teachers and staff can bring in their tablets (so far it has been mainly iPads) and we went and set up a separate wireless network SSID on our access points to give them Wifi access. Basically the network is open but closed at the same time meaning a device needs to be approved and entered in as allowed before it can get on. We are trying to go with the you buy and support it yourselves model but we get great resistance with Teachers demanding iTunes be installed on their classroom computers so they can sync their devices and them asking how do I do this and that questions and wanting them to connect to network shares, network printers, and run applications just like their regular computer does.
      bobiroc
  • RE: Enterprise tablet adoption picks up steam; Bring your own PC doesn't

    Better question is how are these enterprises using these tablets? Most are getting them just to have them without having a real world case.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Erase this

      That's true of computers in general. To be safe, everyone should stick with pencil and paper.
      Robert Hahn
    • Actually I kind of agree with that

      @Loverock Davidson

      Connect to their work email and maybe a couple other things but mostly use them to watch videos, listen to music, or play games. I saw a teacher playing Angry Birds on her iPad the other day while her kids were allegedly learning what was written on the whiteboard. It's kind of sad really.
      bobiroc
  • Bring Your Own Contractor

    These articles about BYOT always seem to be missing the word "contractor," as though everyone who works for a company is an employee. But we know that's not the case; in some fields, the ratio of contractors to employees is approaching 50-50. As the economy pulls out of The Great Recession, we hear there's even more of that.

    One of the ways the IRS decides whether you are skirting the withholding laws by calling your employees "contractors" is whether the contractors are using their own machines. As soon as they are working on your premises, or at home on equipment provided by you, the IRS will call them 'employees' no matter what you claim.

    Perhaps Forrester got the result they did by asking specifically about "employees," but if so they may be missing a significant amount of the picture.
    Robert Hahn