Bangalore, November 30 , 2016: Desktops are still the most popular corporate device among businesses, with more than half of workers receiving corporate-issued desktop PCs. Mobile device adoption in the workplace is not yet mature. Employees rely largely on personally owned mobile devices in the workplace, finds a recent survey by Gartner.
The survey findings are based on the 2016 Gartner Personal Technologies Study, which was conducted from June to August 2016 among 9,592 respondents in the U.S., the U.K. and Australia -- and to that extent, might not reflect the situation in India
Thirty-six percent 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 percent 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 smartrphones used in the workplace are personally owned devices — only 23 percent of employees surveyed are given corporate-issued smartphones.In fact, more than half of employees who used smartphones at work rely solely on their personally owned smartphones."
The usage rate of personally owned tablets lags behind that of personally owned smartphones. Only 21 percent of employees use 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," said. Mikako Kitagawa, principal research analyst at Gartner.
"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."