SMBs' Need for Tablet Apps, Security Creates Channel Role

By Michael Vizard

Although interest in tablets is high at small and midsize businesses, a large number of users don't have access to them, and the majority of those who do are using devices their employers own, according to a survey of 300 IT professionals at SMBs. The study, conducted by Dimensional Research on behalf of desktop virtualization software specialist NComputing, suggests that, despite all the discussion about the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, due to security issues, most SMB IT professionals are more comfortable with tablets when the company owns them. Of course, many of those tablet users are accessing applications and storage services that may not be sanctioned by their company's IT departments. The good news is that, regardless of the applications and services being used, the majority of those polled say mobile computing does make employees more productive. From a channel perspective, the major opportunity that tablets create is not necessarily in reselling devices. Rather, IT organizations are looking for help with—not only securing and managing these devices—but also building applications. Here are key findings from the NComputing study.

This article was originally published on 2014-03-31