With BYOD growing strongly, there will also be opportunities for consumer-oriented tablets to be used in the commercial space, as long as they meet the requirements of the business. For businesses with an existing cloud service, IT managers can ensure the tablets are secured via cloud-based software for these products, ensuring that BYOD devices don't compromise data integrity but are able to support productivity needs.
But there will be companies that exist in highly regulated industries - banking is a prime example - where BYOD may not be allowed due to the tight need to ensure the highest level of security in the device that interfaces with the company network. This gives rise to a variation of BYOD, known as Choose Your Own Device or CYOD. It's a scenario where eligible employees are provided a choice of tablet devices they can use for work. This model offers the benefits of management and security which can be standardized and guaranteed, and business processes can be mobilized.
Following smartphones and laptops, the tablet is the third computing device which will soon start to exert a strong presence in the commercial space. We believe that enterprises will turn towards buying from manufacturers that can offer a complete portfolio of computing tools including PCs, tablets and smartphones, and even networked storage which allows for seamless sharing of content across multiple devices.
Jessie Quek is Country General Manager, Lenovo Singapore.
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