What Does a Tablet War Mean for a Mobile Workforce?

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We have all read about the growth of tablets in the workplace and the pending battle of dominance securing market share. Strategy Analytics posted that 25 million tablets were shipped worldwide during the second quarter of 2012. Apple still leads the group with 68.3% and Android picking up 29.3% market share. Although the numbers are impressive in regards to growth, I see less and less articles on how to empower employees with tablets.

Garret Carlson: Sr. Director, Sales & Business Development and Co-Founder of SuperConnect

Garret Carlson, Sr. Director, Sales and Business Development and Co-Founder of SuperConnect, is passionate about building relationships with clients and partners and delivering exceptionally effective mobile applications.

Tablets provide easy and convenient access to email and the web, but there are many stories about the difficulty of gaining access to corporate systems and information. There is no precedent for the correct method of accessing corporate information on a tablet device, so many organizations refer to PC-based authentication. VPN clients, rights management servers, and other directory access protocols are forced many times to the tablet via mobile device management (MDM) tools.

Although this might fulfill the IT policies, it many times slows down the experience for the user. The additional challenge is that many times you’re dealing with C-level officers, board members, and sales people that historically don’t want to limit their experience with the device. This usually means they will take their personal tablet outside the purview of the corporate IT department and its policies, creating the potential to put corporate networks, and highly sensitive corporate documents and employee information at risk. Read more of this post

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