Tablets becoming permanent fixture in Indian workplaces

|December 5, 2014 0

BANGALORE, INDIA: The 2014 International Tablet survey of IT Decision Makers (ITDMs) by Dell indicates that current implementations of tablets in the workplace are beneficial for businesses, increasing mobility and productivity.

“The study reflects optimism of ITDMs in India it terms of tablet adoption in organizations, which is eventually resulting in increased productivity of employees,” said Indrajit Belgundi, Director & General Manager, End User Computing, Dell India.

India Insights:

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Tablets are a standard part of the IT offering: A large proportion of ITDMs in India (59%) say that it is a standard part of their IT device offering. More than half (57%) allow employees to use tablets purchased with their own money, and at least half  (50%) allow employees to use their own tablets purchased with the help of company funds.

Tablets are being met with favorable inputs from employees: In India 56% ITDMs whose company offers tablets as a standard offering received input from other employees consistently in favor of tablet adoption. In all countries, majorities of ITDMs in organizations in which tablets are not offered or under evaluation report that they have received employee input in favor of using tablets for work.

Soliciting employee input: Prior to tablet deployment, a majority of companies in India (57%) solicited employee input regarding what company data should be accessed on the tablets and the operating system to be used.

Android is the most frequently-used operating system globally for tablets; Windows and iOS also are widespread: In India, Android is being named by 91% ITDMs; 60% naming Windows and only 34% naming iOS.

Tablet adoption has increased productivity: In India, 58% ITDMs estimate at least a 25% increase in productivity, while in the US (60%) and UK (53%), majorities place this figure at a 20% increase or more. When asked about ways in which productivity is enhanced, 70% ITDMs in India believed it is easier to work on a tablet while travelling thereby increasing productivity while 66% ITDMs believe tablets provide faster/more convenient access to information while out of the office/in the field.

Tablets are meeting and exceeding expectations: In India (60%) majorities of ITDMs report that tablets have met the expectations their company had for them, and exceeded expectations for 36%.

ITDMs plan to deploy more tablets: In the US (65%), UK (49%), India (69%), Japan (52%), China (76%), Brazil (67%), France (49%), Russia (65%), and South Africa (25 of 32 surveyed), majorities or near-majorities of ITDMs whose company offers tablets as a standard offering say that their companies plan to deploy more tablets into their workforce in the future. In India majorities or near-majorities (69%) of ITDMs say that their companies plan to deploy more tablets into their workforce in the future.

Security is a top concern: Among ITDMs at organizations not currently offering or evaluating the use of tablets, a majority in India (67%) cite data security or other security concerns (eg. loss, theft) as reasons for not deploying tablets. In addition to device loss, a majority of ITDMs in India also consider threats, breaches of company policies, and compliance and regulatory challenges to be a security challenge posed by tablet devices.

Among other apprehensions with respect to tablet deployment, 48% Indian ITDMs cite limited productivity, 37% are worried employees will use them for non-work activities, 37% fear risk of loss or damage, 33% believe tablets offer insufficient storage capacity and 27% are apprehensive about IT integration.

Kinds of applications (apps) intended to be used on company-issued tablets: In India, 79% use email apps on company-issued tablets. 60% use calendar and scheduling apps, 72% for word processing, 62% use messaging apps while 45% use social networking apps.

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