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  • Opinion: IT must face the inevitable rise of the tablet

    Any IT administrator out there who figured (or hoped) that this whole tablet "fad" wouldn't gain traction in the corporate world is in for a surprise: 41 percent of today's mobile workforce is equipped with a tablet, and by year's end, that figure could reach 75 percent, according to survey results recently released by iPass. And no, employees aren't just using their slick portable machines to play Angry Birds; 87 percent of workers with tablets said they use the machines for actual job purposes.
    This leaves IT departments with two choices: They can stick their heads in the sand and ignore tablets, thus risking security breaches, employee ire, and lost opportunities, or they can accept this next wave of mobile computing (grudgingly or otherwise) and adapt policies and practices accordingly.
    Evidently, end-users are already adapting their work practices to tablet use. According to The iPass Global Mobile Workforce Report, only 27 percent of workers with tablets received them from their respective organisations, meaning 73 percent are using their tablets for work, whether or not IT approves. iPass drew its findings from responses from more than 3700 employees at 1100 companies worldwide,
    Mobile workers are using their smartphones (94 percent of respondents have smartphones, by the way) and tablets for a range of business-related purposes beyond just checking email: 47 percent of the total respondent pool (those who may or may not have tablets) said they use their devices for taking notes, 39 percent use them for contact and contract management, 33 percent said they check into office suites via their portable devices, 30 percent sign in to social media for work purposes, and 25 percent said they engage in web conferencing via their tablets or smartphones.

  • What are tablets good for? News reporting, for one

    A few months back, I <a href="">talked with</a> some early enterprise <a href="">iPad</a> adopters who said that while they liked the new tablet computers, they weren't initially sure what to do with them.

  • Tablet wars remind PC pioneer of early battles

    A founding father of the original IBM PC, Mark Dean, believes competition in the smartphone and tablet markets today is as heated as the early microcomputer battles between Apple, Commodore and IBM almost three decades ago.

  • Opinion: Smartphone era means dumb LANs are redundant

    I have heard plenty this past year from CIOs and other IT leaders about concerns over the endpoint management of mobile devices and of mobile apps &#8211; both areas for which enterprise-class tools have emerged to assuage those fears without straitjacketing users. In other words, they are tools to enable the post-PC era to take root.
    What I had not considered is that the network itself is not architected to handle the post-PC environment rapidly developing at many businesses. LANs are generally designed under the assumption each user works in a designated space, so an Ethernet port is a proxy for a specific user. LANs were designed at a time when people used desktop PCs, not laptops, so the assumption was that the PC attached to that port was the same on each occasion.
    Why the old network doesn't fit the post-PC workplace

  • Aussies prefer BlackBerry over iPhone, Android

    A worldwide survey into mobile platforms has confirmed what many CIOs and IT managers already knew: Apple's iPhone leads the way when it comes to consumer loyalty, but it faces stiff competition from Android.

  • iPad 2 glitches emerge

    By now you've probably heard of the alleged Facetime freezing and backlight bleeding issues facing iPad 2 owners.

  • Has Apple got white right for iPad 2?

    New rumors say that Apple has got white right this time, and will unveil a white iPad 2 when the company announces the next version of its popular tablet, expected later this week.

  • Is March 2 iDay for iPad 2?

    Apple will host on March 2 an event in San Francisco where the company is expected to announce the next version of its popular iPad tablet, according to a technology blogger at the Wall Street Journal.

  • Tablets bite into netbook sales in Q3

    The growing demand for tablet computers continued to eat into the sales of netbooks and laptops during the third financial quarter, from July to Seoptember, analysts say.