This Christmas is turning out to be the season for tablets. With more budget-friendly models on the market now, the demand is higher than ever. A survey from PriceGrabber shows that 59 percent of U.S. consumers have a tablet on their holiday wish list this year. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the group behind the annual CES show, also released a study that predicts 32 million tablets will be sold in Q4, which is more than double the expectation for other electronics such as flat-screen TVs, digital cameras, MP3 players or gaming consoles. It is also a 112 percent increase over the number of tablets believed to have been sold in Q4 of last year.
With sales expectations as high as that, it is likely that many of you will have a new tablet this month as well. And while not as high on holiday lists this year, smartphones still figure to be one of the higher selling items this season.
Now, if you own a company or manage operations or IT for a company, what does this mean for you after the holiday season? Just imagine the avalanche of devices suddenly being connected to your corporate network. Are you prepared to handle this influx of devices? Do you have policies in place, and do your employees know what the policies and expectations are?
For our customers already using our mobile device management solution, or another MDM solution, are you taking advantage of self-service capabilities so IT is not inundated with calls and help desk tickets in the New Year? Now is the time to make sure you are ready and have proper policies and procedures in place. If you don’t do anything, most employees will circumvent IT and connect their devices anyway. So take control and implement a BYOD policy, but do it on your terms so that these devices and the data they access are secure.
Matrix42 has outlined 5 key elements of a successful BYOD policy that will help companies prepare for the wave of devices coming their way. Let us know if you have other ideas on how companies can ring in a Happy New Year knowing they are keeping their corporate data and assets secure.