/// Tablets Invading the Enterprise? Companies Can Still Keep Calm and Carry On.

March 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital

This past holiday season, tablets were joyfully unwrapped by the millions. In fact, a total of 17.4 million iOS and Android devices were activated on Christmas Day alone, according to a report by Flurry Analytics ; and, of those, about half (8.9 million) were tablets. Factor in post-holiday shopping, and you’ve got a historic influx of personal devices. But new personal devices aren’t going to stay at home, they’re coming into the workplace. It’s giving some enterprise IT departments cause for panic as they count off the ways this bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend complicates one of their primary duties: Data protection. BYOD is pervasive whether enterprise decision-makers have embraced it or not. In fact, research by Harris Interactive reveals that 81 percent of employees already use personal devices at work. BYOD is an affordable way for connected, data-driven employees to work around the usual hassle of IT, and next-generation smartphones and tablets offer them invaluable productivity and file-collaboration applications. So, for all of its advantages, why does BYOD cause more and more anxiety within organizations, particularly since using mobile devices in the enterprise became standard decades ago? The big IT dilemma with tablets and other personal devices is data protection, plain and simple.

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