The rise of mobile devices in the enterprise has transformed the way that people work, giving them instant access to information from any location, via any device, at any time of day. Recently released statistics in Dell’s 2014 International Tablet Survey of IT Decision Makers (ITDM) reveal that tablets are not only liked by employees but are great news for business as they help increase productivity.

The study was carried out across 10 countries, including the US, UK, India and China, highlighted that the majority of organizations in the surveyed countries gave employees permission to use their own tablets in the workplace. Furthermore, the future for enterprise mobility looks bright as 65 per cent of US and 49 per cent of UK ITDMs plan to increase their enterprise tablet offering. However, as enterprise mobility increases, the harder it gets for organizations to control where there data is stored and the greater the security concerns. It’s unsurprising then that 54 per cent ITDMs in the US stated data and security concerns as the key reasons for not deploying tablets in their business.

Huddle’s Mobile Enterprise Information Landscape Study, conducted by Ipsos MORI, highlighted that 73 per cent of office workers in the US download personal software and apps on enterprise-owned tablets. More than half use personal laptops, tablets, and smartphones to store and work on enterprise content. The post-PC era is well and truly here. Organizations now need to consider how they stop company data walking out of the door with people and what measures need to be put in place to ensure teams can get their jobs done without compromising security.

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