IT groups eschew BYOD, issue company-owned tablets

By , Network World |  Consumerization of IT, BYOD, consumerization

After several years of struggling to accommodate personally-owned smartphones, many corporate IT
groups are taking the opposite tack with tablets: they're issuing corporate-owned iPads and Android
tablets. And partly as a result, at least some are seeing a jump in costs for mobile end user support, redesigned
custom applications, and device
administration.

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For this latest installment in "Tablets Go Corporate," we revisited three companies we covered in December 2011
[See "IT groups reveal their best
enterprise tablet tricks
"]  - Bayada Home Health Care, Hawthorn Pharmaceuticals, and The Ottawa Hospital -
along with a new one: Boston Scientific, which began deploying the very first iPad within weeks of its release. Now
it has 5,300 corporate-owned iPads distributed worldwide.

Except for Bayada, all have deployed iPads as a corporate standard. Bayada deployed the original 7-inch Samsung
Galaxy Tab and is now adding the newer Tab 2. That fits with the iPad's overwhelming dominance in enterprise
deployments. Boston Scientific also has a tablet BYOD program, but limited to iPads, currently with about 1,000
devices.

Together, these four companies are a microcosm of the way tablets, and mobile computing in general, are
overturning the PC paradigm, and doing so with astonishing rapidity. "This is a disruptive technology," says Dale
Potter, CIO at The Ottawa Hospital. "We're ripping PCs out of the environment faster than we're installing them.
This may be the death of the PC."


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