Tablets have become a force to be reckoned with in the enterprise. While sales of PCs – including both desktop and laptop computers – have declined in recent years, sales of tablets have skyrocketed. Initially, people bought tablets for personal, recreation use. However, times are changing.
Recently, popular productivity blog Lifehacker polled their readers, and well over 60% of those who responded used a tablet for work. But it doesn’t stop there. According to a poll conducted by CDW, people aren’t just using tablets at home; 59% of respondents reported that they’re bringing their own tablets to work as part of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
Cloud Storage Goes Mobile
What gives tablets an edge over PCs in the workplace? Though most typically consider tablets ideal for consuming content, advances in accessories and keyboards help many use them to create content. Tablets help users collaborate with co-workers, take notes, multi-task, and access information, such as web content and email, on the go.
Also, tablets have improved workplace productivity. According to the CDW tablet poll, tablet users spend 2.1 hours a day on their tablet, and they gain 1.1 hours in daily productivity by using the tablet. Employees can use a tablet to multi-task with functionality at their fingertips. They are ideal for easily opening slideshows and presentations. Also, when employees travel to remote locations, such as trade shows, a portable solution like a tablet is a smart choice for capturing data without the limitations of setting up and plugging in a laptop. Tablets are lightweight, relatively low cost, portable, and easy to use. It’s easy to see why tablets have made the transition from “personal” to “business.”
Where Productivity Meets Security
As tablets make the move from home to the office, what does it mean for the enterprise? Employee-owned devices drive the adoption of personal cloud file storage solutions. These solutions put the enterprise at risk. If employees are storing confidential business data in personal cloud storage applications, it represents serious compliance and security risks for most businesses. These security risks are driving market demand for enterprise file sharing platforms. The enterprise needs a secure solution for mobile workers to let them access and store files, with native and web apps and a simple, usable interface and help employees collaborate efficiently.
With Thru’s native applications for iPhones, iPads and Windows tablets, a mobile web app available for all devices, and a soon to be released Andoid app, employees can boost their productivity at work by using tablets to store, access and send company files, all without sacrificing security. Thru Mobile File Sharing allows administrators have full access to disconnect lost or stolen tablets, disable or enable access to mobile apps, or limit users’ viewing or editing access. Thru also stores all actions taken on a file or folder to make them fully trackable and auditable.
Although it is unlikely that tablets and other mobile devices will ever completely replace PCs, there’s no denying the tablet’s growing popularity. With solutions like Thru, it is almost certain that tablets have carved a niche in the enterprise.