Tablets set to sweep corporate offices

February 25th, 2011 - 4:56 pm ICT by IANS  

By Gurmukh Singh
New York, Feb 25 (IANS) Just second year into their existence, tablets are set to sweep corporate offices, according to a survey.With tablets’ business apps luring them, about half of chief information officers (CIOs) at major companies say they will increase use of tablets in the next two years, according to the survey by Robert Half Technology.

Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Robert Half Technology said the survey targeted more than 1,400 CIOs at US companies with 100 or more employees.

In the survey, CIOs were asked, “To what extent, if any, do you think your company’s use of tablet computers will increase or decrease in the next two years?”

While 49 percent of respondents said they will increase use of tablet, 40 percent opted to stick with PCs or laptops. Nine percent were not sure about the tablet.

“With more companies moving to Internet-based file sharing and data storage, along with an emphasis on portability and mobile productivity, it’s no surprise CIOs anticipate wider use of tablet computers,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology, in a statement.

“The challenge for IT departments will be providing adequate support and security,” he added.

The company said as mobile technologies reshape the business world and corporates move to embrace the highly portable, Internet-linked tablet computer, there will a big demand for IT professionals who can assist with mobile applications development and security issues, along with trouble shooting for end users.

“An increase in tablet use will likely add to the roles of IT professionals,” said Reed. “Businesses will need experts who not only are knowledgeable about mobile applications and security, but also can help the company make better strategic use of mobile devices to enhance productivity and customer service.”

Apple’s iPad, which started the tablet revolution with its launch in April last year, has sold more than 15 million units and triggered a race among its rivals to hit the market with their versions of the computer.

While Samsung managed to came out with its Galaxy Tab last year, Motorola’s Xoom tablet hits the market this week.

BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM) is likely to launch its PlayBook next month when Apple unveils iPad2.

Other major players in the fray will be, Google Chrome OS tablet, the Cisco Cius, Dell Streak, and the Hewlett Packard PalmPad.

According to predictions, the tablet market could reach 70 million units in 2011.

(Gurmukh Singh can be contacted at gurmukh.s@ians.in)

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