Strategy Analytics, a US based market research company, released a report entitled, ‘Are Tablets Set for Enterprise Primetime,’ that revealed “increasing power, range and availability of tablet devices is driving their growth in the workplace.” The increased use of the tablet in business is not only due to the shift to the cloud computing environment, but also the availability of high-speed networks. As well, a recent yougov poll found that sales of tablets are on the rise while laptops sales fell last year.
Because of this shift to cloud computing, dual core tablets such as the iPad2, Research in Motion’s Playbook, Asus eee pad, and Mortorola’s Xoom are being released in huge quantities. All of these devices can run most of the tools that are used in business offices. As well, the large number of tablets released at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas resulted in 2011 being dubbed the ’The Year of the Tablet.’
As tablets move into the workplace, polices such as ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) are increasing which is pushing the demand for secure and unified established mobile access and incorporated IT management. Vendors are responding to the demand by offering improved managed mobile service tools which puts such devices under complete IT control.
Cloud computing through the tablet allows employees to work with data in the same way they would with a PC or laptop. Tablets can be used anywhere to perform many tasks such as downloading apps. As well, the tablet can be used to access such sites as Google Gmail while on-the-move so that employees can upload documents to store them online and create documents such as spreadsheets, word processing, and presentations without having to use any program other than a web browser. They can view their documents from a mobile device and work on projects from any location that has an internet connection. More businesses are now realizing that Tablets are an efficient tool to access and enter important information no matter where they are in the world.