Tablet use in the workplace is ever-increasing, showing how quickly
companies are evolving to meet new trends. Employees with always-on
connectivity and instant access to information are more committed and
productive, as their toolsets become more specialized. With the use of
tablets and other mobile devices, an office is far more than just four
walls and a ceiling; it can be anywhere from a park bench to a beach or a
dining room table, depending on where the employee is located and which
day it is.

As computing hardware has evolved it has become
smaller and more portable. No longer are employees performing their jobs
exclusively on clunky desktop systems with hefty monitors, nor have
they been limited to laptop computers and associated gear such as power
cables or mice. Smartphones are helping to get the job done, but
limitations in screen size and application capabilities can be an
impediment, since reviewing a detailed spreadsheet on a smartphone
screen is hardly anyone’s favorite task.

Enter the perfect
compromise between a tiny smartphone and a bulky laptop: the tablet
computer, a flat touch-screen-operated device which can perform an array
of tasks such as email, web browsing, communication and more. With
screens that can range from seven to twelve inches, storage capacity and
processor speeds that compare to desktop computers, and easy-to-use
operating systems, tablets are proving a major asset for workers and
consumers alike. Application stores and cloud storage providers are
helping to pave the way towards a consistent and predictable tablet
environment where users have seamless access to the programs and data
they need.

According to ABI Research,
at the close of 2013, more than 285 million “big brand” tablets such as
Apple or Samsung were in use worldwide. Approximately a quarter of
those tablets are in the United States. Forrester Research predicts 375 million tablets will be in the hands of users by the end of 2016 and more than half will run the Apple iOS.

Use of tablets in the workplace

This
is the era of mobility and it’s evident in the results of a survey from
Tech Pro Research. The
online survey attracted 203 respondents from around the globe, and it touched
upon topics including:

  • Advantages of tablets vs. PCs
  • Advantages of PCs vs. tablets
  • Impact of tablet usage
  • Useful tablet functions
  • Departments benefitting from tablet usage
  • Tablet usage by region and company size

Download the full Tech Pro Research report, Research: The impact of tablets in the workplace

In
the survey, which was conducted in late January and early February,
more than half of respondents said their organizations are buying
tablets and providing them to employees. All told, 59 percent of
employers supported tablets. However, another 25 percent said they had
no official tablet policy, so they are neither allowed nor prohibited.
Only 5 percent said that tablets are specifically prohibited from use.

Preferred tablet vendors

Which
vendors are preferred? The responses to this question indicate an
overwhelming preference for Apple products, which are in use at nearly
half of all organizations. Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablet also did well.
However, Android tablets shouldn’t be counted out. The fragmentation of
the Android market across multiple vendors means no one manufacturer in
this field came out strongly ahead, but over a fifth of respondents
favored Samsung and Google, two Android leaders. The lesser known
vendors of tablets such as Acer, Asus, and LG had zero usage in this
survey, showing that the big names are the ones leading the pack at the
moment.

The future of tablets

The survey reveals
that tablet use in the workplace is still new with many opportunities and
options still available. The survey revealed that tablets are performing
many of the same functions as PCs and this is helping to spur their
popularity.

To read more on the subject, download the full Tech Pro Research report Research: The impact of tablets in the workplace.