Yep, it's that time of year again. As people begin removing lights and ornaments from their trees and taking off those goofy Near Years Eve sunglasses, tech pundits across the web are relaying their forecasts and views of what enterprise technology landscape will look like in 2012...
Unsurprisingly, enterprise mobility has figured prominently on just about every list that has been published. Two of the more recent ones from InformationWeek and PCWorld specifically addressed the role that tablets will play in mobile device management (MDM) programs this year.
According to InformationWeek, the IT professionals' view of tablets has flip-flopped over the past few years. In 2010, when Apple instituted the dawn of a new era with the iPad, the majority of IT pros said the devices would be a "non-event". Just two years later this stance has begun eroding.
Now it seems that IT pros are jumping on the tablet bandwagon, as it has become obvious that they can provide access and productivity benefits. These feelings aren't yet ubiquitous, but its heading in that direction.
"Our bet? They will be, you will support them, and you'll do so in pretty substantial numbers during the next few years," the report stated, referring to tablets serving as mobile professionals' tool of choice and companies lending support to them.
In conjunction with this prediction, the PCWorld report insinuates laptop replacement (with tablets) can actually support an organization's mobile expense management program.
The move can go a long way in lowering capital expenditures. What's more, tablets will boost the employees' satisfaction, as the devices have been built for enjoyment and ease of use. Such factors ensure tablets are utilized to their fullest extent and professionals get all they can out of them.
PCWorld warns however that organizations must address security concerns when implementing tablets. Vendors have already begun to recognize such needs and are developing antivirus and encryption solutions focused exclusively on tablets.
"Consumerization" is the buzzword right now, as more organizations look for ways to support personal-owned devices in the new year. Do you bring your own device to work? Or do you leave your tablet at home?