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What's motivating enterprise tablet adoption?

In a survey of over 2,200 IT pros, respondents ranked eight driving factors behind enterprise tablet adoption. We turned the results into an easy-to-digest infographic.

End users today expect a certain level of mobility to perform their jobs, and organizations are realizing that tablets are one of the best ways to deliver it.

The No. 1 reason organizations plan to buy tablets is to increase mobility in the field, according to TechTarget's 2015 IT Priorities Survey. In fact, 76% of respondents listed that as the primary driver of enterprise tablet adoption. Tablets provide an efficient, portable way to get work done, especially for workers who perform tasks remotely, in the field or as contractors.

For many enterprises, that means it's time to invest in tablets as a primary device for business processes. Under IT's management, tablets can also provide increased control over corporate data on mobile endpoints: 30% of respondents said they would adopt tablets to add corporate control and liability.

So, why else are companies turning to tablet PCs for business?

The TechTarget 2015 IT Priorities Survey polled 2,212 IT workers in late 2014.
The TechTarget 2015 IT Priorities Survey polled IT pros on why they're interested in buying tablets.

Security and portability aren't IT's only incentives, as five other motivators received a significant portion of the vote. More than a quarter of IT pros would use tablets to update organizational form factors, and 23% cited supporting line-of-business applications as a priority. End user needs also received a nod, as 22% of respondents thought tablets would satisfy workers who need lighter-weight devices.

Still, mobility management is not an easy task for a lot of organizations, especially when it comes to securing company data and apps on personal devices. Enterprise tablet adoption can help there, too: More than half of respondents said they believe adding new tablets would solve their existing mobile data management and security issues.

One way to protect corporate data on smartphones and tablets is to use cloud-based backups, where IT can access stored data if disaster strikes. However, the survey revealed that at least half of enterprises still don't use cloud services for data backup. Only 38% of respondents said they use cloud-based backup.

TechTarget's 2015 IT Priorities Survey was conducted in late 2014, with 2,212 IT workers responding from companies with an average size of 16,870 employees.

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Learn how those same IT pros are planning their budget for 2015.

Compare this year's conclusions to the 2014 IT Priorities Survey.

This was last published in February 2015

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What motivated your enterprise to start using tablets?
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Like many smaller companies and businesses, it's a struggle to keep up with the big fish and get noticed. As the way people do business and go about their lives changed, we knew our approach to business had to change too. So we began using tablets, laptops, smartphones, and other mobile devices in our business.  It has helped us maintain a competitive edge with the bigger companies and our competition. It's been a great move!
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The motivation for using tablets in our enterprise was a direct result of the rapid success of the iPad. Shortly after its release, iPads became some prevalent with upper management that many groups within IT ran out and purchased iPads of their own to be able to support the devices when calls came in. Once word got out that upper management was using iPads, the larger employee base started using their own iPads, and soon other tablets, in to perform their daily functions. This “shadow IT” problem quickly became the norm rather than the exception, so the company embraced the change to better provide support and mitigate the risks associated with the enterprise using tablets.
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Tablets work great in a variety of settings. The mobility they offer is great for optimizing efficiency. Do they encourage users to play online though?
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Interesting to see nearly 20% of businesses think of tablets "in addition to" and not "instead of" a PC.
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I think the article hit it on the head – the ability to allow an increasingly mobile workforce to access and provide information any place, any time. Think of the appliance repair person carrying a tablet with cellular connection that can look up the schematic for a particular appliance make and model on the job site,  research known resolutions and troubleshooting guides, order the parts to repair the appliance, print an invoice and schedule follow-up service all from a single mobile device with less hassle and longer battery life than a laptop.
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