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Posted by Frank Gillett on March 24, 2011
Tablets are a red hot topic since the launch of Apple’s iPad more than a year ago. Tablets are the most visible aspect of a broader topic on the minds of vendor strategists – the consumerization of IT. Consumerization is defined variously as using personal devices for work, pay-per-use payment models, spending personal money for work-related cloud services, and employee self-provisioning of IT capacity outside the oversight of IT. In our annual Forrsights Hardware Survey, Q3 2010, we asked IT infrastructure buyers responsible for supporting end user computing about a variety of topics related to consumerization of IT and learned that:
The implications for vendor strategists are that personal devices, especially tablets, and Web-based applications for PCs are driving big changes in how IT organizations support and manage end user computing. Centralized device management will still matter in a world of that increasingly uses Web-based applications, and will expand to include a greater variety of devices. Hence Microsoft’s announcement this week that System Center Configuration Manager 2012 will manage Apple iOS and Android devices.
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