According to recent research by Gartner, tablets and smartphones are predicted to make up 70 percent of device sales in 2012, with over 821 million devices sold. Additionally, the report suggested that sales could increase to 1.2 billion devices in 2013. Not only are consumers purchasing more "smart devices," but businesses are making more use of them and supplying them to employees in bring your own device (BYOD) programs and mobility initiatives.
"For most businesses smartphones and tablets will not entirely replace PCs, but the ubiquity of smartphones and the increasing popularity of tablets are changing the way businesses look at their device strategies and the way consumers embrace devices," said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.
One driver of these changes is businesses' ability to better support consumer devices on their networks. From improved wireless capabilities to security-enhancing access tools, businesses are able to promote the consumerization of IT, reduce their own IT budgets and help employees work more efficiently and with more flexibility - key benefits sought by many professionals today.
The report also predicted that by 2016 more than 40 percent of the global workforce will be mobile, and two-thirds of it will own a smartphone. Additionally, tablet sales are expected to exceed 53 million units by 2016.
In order to support a BYOD solution or mobile workforce, businesses will need the right tools, and that might mean investing in RDP-based access. With remote desktop protocol access, a company can increase the security and flexibility of its mobile solution without drastically increasing the cost.
An HTML5 RDP client will allow a business to support any type of device, from an iPad to Chromebook, just as easily as it does traditional Windows machines, permitting employees to use whatever devices they feel most comfortable with. It also ensures that data remains safely on the company servers, rather than requiring it to be downloaded to a consumer device that may not be as secure, or could be lost or stolen.
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