Business tablets will be popular in two yearsMaria Cruz Alcocer
IT managers point to personalization, collaboration and virtualization as key functionalities, while security is the main concern
Madrid, January 24, 2012. – Although currently only 12 percent of Spanish workers request a tablet to work (compared to 21 percent in the United States and France or 13 percent in Germany), nine out of ten IT managers in our country believe that This device will become a more widespread work tool in the next two years.
The popularity of the tablet will also grow in the rest of the countries surveyed, as 86 percent of IT managers in France think, 82 percent in the United States, 80 percent in Canada, 79 percent in Germany. and 74 percent in the UK.
This is clear from an international study commissioned by Cisco and carried out by the consulting firm Redshift Research 1, where it stands out that globally 75 percent of IT directors point to document sharing and e-mail as the essential applications on business tablets, while videoconferencing, instant messaging, access to corporate databases and synchronization with other business devices are demanded by about 50 percent of those consulted on a global scale.
Likewise, personalization, collaboration and virtualization are perceived as key functionalities, so that although currently workers request a tablet for every three smart phones globally, 2012 appears as a turning point towards a greater preponderance of tablets.
Tablets are currently more widespread among sales people in Germany (31 percent) than in any other country in the world (21 percent global average and 19 percent in Spain ).
On the other hand, according to IT managers, executives will probably be the ones who will use tablets the most: 38 percent in the United States, 31 percent in Spain or 27 per cent in the UK, with an overall share of 31 per cent.
In the United States, the country with the most experience in managing tablets, 75 percent of IT managers say that it is necessary to establish new rules around the security and use of tablets, a ratio that stands at 64 percent. hundred in Spain and 70 percent on average globally.
Similarly, almost half (47 percent) of all respondents globally believe that access to corporate applications should be restricted for all employees, 22 percent believe the opposite, and 31 percent believe that the restriction only it must apply to certain workers. In Spain , 44 percent opt for restricting access to applications to all employees, 19 percent discard it and the remaining 37 percent believe that it should only be applied to certain workers.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Globally, 48 percent of CIOs say their company would never allow employees to use their own device for work (47 percent in Spain ), although 57 percent admit that some workers do it without permission (same percentage in Spain ) and 51 percent believe it is an upward trend (56 percent in Spain ).
Likewise, access to corporate servers has been identified as a ‘serious problem’ of the Bring Your Own Device phenomenon by 64 percent of IT managers on a global scale, a ratio that rises to 70 percent in the case of Spain , while 44 percent of CIOs say that managing a BYOD strategy diverts attention to other major IT projects (36 percent in Spain ).
As Alberto Fernández, Director of Collaboration at Cisco Spain points out, “The exponential growth of mobile workers and virtual desktops is an unstoppable trend, but one that must be combined with the necessary security, manageability and business interoperability. Cisco is committed to helping organizations make the leap into the new post-PC era, helping IT managers to foster innovation and transform businesses by taking advantage of new collaborative tools with the maximum guarantees “