Enterprise Tablet Adoption Rises, but BYOD Policies Lag
Only four out of 10 IT decision makers report that their company has a formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy in place.Nearly three out of every four organizations issue corporate-owned laptops (74 percent) and smartphones (71 percent) to their workforces, indicating that smartphone use and notebook adoption is widespread in the enterprise, according to a report from research firm Frost & Sullivan. Tablets, on the other hand, are issued by only half (47 percent) of the surveyed enterprises.These devices, however, are expected to bridge this gap over the next three years, as many of the more data-intensive mobile applications migrate over to the tablets. While the banking, finance and insurance sector has been the most prominent user of smartphones for business purposes among the verticals surveyed in 2013, in the tablet segment, manufacturing took top honors, according to the research. "Overall, 62 percent of the workforce is traditional, working at office locations. Mobile workers account for 22 percent and remote workers the remaining 16 percent," Karolina Olszewska, a research manager at Frost & Sullivan, said in a statement. "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."
While almost 60 percent of organizations allow personal devices to be connected to the corporate network, only four out of 10 IT decision makers report that their company has a formal bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy in place.