Rising tablet use calls for customized apps for maximized benefit
As businesses begin to adopt tablets for computing needs, the need for customized apps will rise. According to Ovum, tablets will not be an adequate laptop replacement for business unless the company implementing them designs their own applications specifically for its needs. Even if a business does not purchase tablets for employees, the growing popularity of the bring-your-own-device trend will make it necessary for these organizations to implement an in-house app store.
Tablets can be useful for a number of reasons. Employees who often work remotely can use these mobile devices for unified communications and conferencing, as well as for connecting to the office via remote desktop or through cloud applications. A tablet can provide a variety of high quality communications tools, such as access to the hosted VoIP systems of a company network, for a more reasonable price than other solutions.
Ovum forecasts that by 2016, more than 235 million tablet devices will be in use around the globe. This will have a large impact on the BYOD discussion. However, implementation is not without risk. Richard Absalom, an analyst at Ovum, said that security should be a top priority, as mobility adoption can weaken the protection of corporate data. In order have a successful mobility policy, a business has to put the tools in place for tablet and smartphone management before mobile integration.