Mobile and tablet adoption is led by IT departments: Alfresco

Global survey reveals misconception of consumerisation of IT

Mobile and tablet adoption is being led by IT departments, which proves counterintuitive to the general perception of the consumerisation of IT trend, according to open platform for content management, Alfresco.

The company said the traditional perception of consumerisation of IT is when resourceful and driven employees bring consumer technology into the workplace, sneaking under the radars of unwitting IT departments that are resistant to change.

It was a key findings of its 2012 Global Tablet in the Enterprise survey. This showed that IT is both aware and excited about tablets and is actively thinking about the best use cases inside their companies.

“If you’re a business in A/NZ and you’re considering the idea of tablets in the enterprise, the challenge is fundamentally about how to incorporate the device into a corporate ecosystem,” Alfresco Asia-Pacific sales director, Barry Costin, said.

The study also showed SMBs are leading the way in mobility, but large enterprises are not far behind.

“New mobile devices, the Cloud and open source offer invaluable opportunities for companies to lower costs, raise productivity and delight end-users,” Alfresco CEO, John Powell, said.

Other findings from the study include:

  • Tablets are still consumption and passive communication devices as 89 per cent of respondents reported moderate to constant use for Web browsing and 82 per cent reported moderate to constant use for email. More than 60 per cent of them reported little to no use of VoIP, Skype, IM and other synchronous communications while 44 per cent reported little to no use for social networking.

  • Tablets are making smartphones more mobile and laptops less mobile as 57 per cent of respondents said they still use smartphones in casual mobile contexts. However, tablets overtake PC usage at home (48 per cent vs. 46 per cent), during business meetings (55 per cent vs. 24 per cent) and at conferences (59 per cent vs. 13 per cent).

“In fact, a March 2012 J.P. Morgan CIO survey found that mobile integration tied for second place with server virtualisation when thwy were asked to name major projects that are ongoing or recently initiated, so we know it’s certainly one thing keeping CIOs awake at night,” Costin said.

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