Menu
​Mobile adoption remains immature as corporates lack creativity

​Mobile adoption remains immature as corporates lack creativity

Desktop PCs are still the most popular corporate device in businesses.

Mobile device adoption in the workplace is not yet mature, with organisations lacking the creativity to maximise the benefits of new and emerging technologies.

Although 80 per cent of workers receive one or more corporate-issued devices, recent Gartner findings report that desktops are still the most popular corporate device among businesses, with more than half of workers receiving corporate-issued desktop PCs.

Spanning Australian, UK and US employees, 36 per cent of workers received laptops, including convertible laptops.

Adoption of convertible laptops as a corporate-issued device is still very low, but has been gradually increasing.

Gartner analysts expect that more employees will receive convertible laptops in the next three years, driven by the Windows 10 refresh that can enhance the user experience with touch-based input.

Adding desktops and laptops (including convertible laptops) together, 75 per cent of workers will receive at least one PC-type device in mature countries.

In contrast to the high numbers of corporate-issued PCs in the workplace, relatively few workers receive mobile devices.

The majority of smartphones used in the workplace are personally owned devices - only 23 per cent of employees surveyed are given corporate-issued smartphones.

“The low adoption of corporate-issued mobile devices underlines the fact that large numbers of personally owned mobile devices are used in the workplace,” Gartner principal research analyst, Mikako Kitagawa, said.

“In fact, more than half of employees who used smartphones at work rely solely on their personally owned smartphones.”

According to Kitagawa, the usage rate of personally owned tablets lags behind that of personally owned smartphones, with only 21 per cent of employees using tablets - regardless of whether they are corporate issued or personally owned.

“In the era of mobility, it comes as something of a surprise that corporate usage of smartphones and tablets is not as high as PCs, even when the use of personally owned devices is taken into account,” Kitagawa added.

“While it's true that the cost of providing mobile devices can quickly escalate, proper usage of mobile devices can increase productivity, which can easily justify the extra costs.”

Kitagawa said that when employees are provided with corporate-issued devices, they are “generally happy” with the devices that they receive.

Less than 20 per cent of respondents said they were dissatisfied with their employer-provided devices - the satisfaction level is higher with tablets and smartphones compared with desktop and laptops.

“Usage of personally owned devices in the workplace is nothing new, but the survey results confirm that this trend has become a new workplace standard,” Kitagawa added.

“Two-thirds of survey respondents said that they use a personally owned device or devices for work.

“Smartphones and phablets are the most popular personally owned devices used for work, with 39 per cent of employees using them, compared with just 10 per cent who are only using corporate-issued smartphones and phablets.”


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags GartnersmartphonedesktopPCTablet

Events

Featured

Slideshows

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners

This year’s Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards were held as an integral part of the first entirely virtual Emerging Leaders​ forum, an annual event dedicated to identifying, educating and showcasing the New Zealand technology market’s rising stars. The 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 recognised the outstanding achievements and business excellence of 30 talented individuals​, across both young leaders and those just starting out. In this slideshow, Reseller News honours this year's winners and captures their thoughts about how their ideas of leadership have changed over time.​

Meet the Reseller News 30 Under 30 Tech Awards 2020 winners
Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security

This exclusive Reseller News Exchange event in Auckland explored the challenges facing the partner community on the cloud security frontier, as well as market trends, customer priorities and how the channel can capitalise on the opportunities available. In association with Arrow, Bitdefender, Exclusive Networks, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News Exchange Auckland: Beyond the myths — how partners can master cloud security
Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch

Reseller News welcomed 2019 inductees - Leanne Buer, Ross Jenkins and Terry Dunn - to the fourth running of the Reseller News Hall of Fame lunch, held at the French Cafe in Auckland. The inductees discussed the changing face of the IT channel ecosystem in New Zealand and what it means to be a Reseller News Hall of Fame inductee. Photos by Gino Demeer.

Reseller News welcomes industry figures at 2020 Hall of Fame lunch
Show Comments