This week saw the highly anticipated launch of the Apple iPad mini, the smallest business tablet to date, which will compete with other small tablets on the market such as Google's Nexus 7 and Amazon's Kindle Fire.
In addition to the almost inevitable success of Apple's latest offering in the consumer market, analysts have predicted that the iPad mini will be popular among businesses thanks to its lower price (starting at just €336), which is likely to increase interest in Apple's iPad range. Indeed, Forrester analyst Frank Gillett noted that the iPad mini "will be a huge success" in the workplace because it is a compact and affordable Apple product in the BYOD world.
Chris Kozup, Senior Director of Marketing EMEA at the wireless network provider Aruba Networksmade the following comments:
"The iPad mini is sure to add additional demand to corporate networks that are already struggling to cope with the proliferation of wireless devices. The mobile market is growing at a dizzying pace and today the majority of people are also bringing their own mobile device with them and expect to be able to connect to the office without any problems. As a result, the BYOD issue has grown exponentially in the last year or so. Essentially, mobile working is no longer just for remote workers who are physically absent from the office; it now encompasses everything from the employee who connects his or her smartphone to the wireless network to the CEO on the go who wants seamless connectivity.
"Consumerization is undoubtedly a destabilizing factor for traditional IT models and as such, the role of the IT team is also changing. Gone are the days when employees depended solely on IT departments to understand how tools work through technical support. Today's workforce is increasingly tech-savvy and many employees have grown up in the wireless age. Indeed, as the workforce becomes progressively younger and more technically savvy, organizations need to adopt BYOD.
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"Many solutions exist to facilitate the connection of mobile devices without the need for IT support, but with network settings, security policies and credentials automatically in place - allowing employees to use their own devices without causing potential information leaks. While the trend shows no signs of slowing down, it's time for companies to rethink traditional approaches to offer a pragmatic approach and keep employees happy, while allowing them to stay in control. »