Technological innovation has traditionally been top-down, initiated by the CIO and corporate technology specialists. But we have recently started to witness “consumerization”—a growing trend for novel IT to emerge first in the consumer market and steadily infiltrate business organizations. It’s driving convergence between IT and consumer electronics, as our technology usage and habits at home infuse, inspire and inform our professional lives.
The use of the tablet computer for business appears to be one such grass-roots phenomenon: a swell of employee energy and enthusiasm is building behind the enterprise deployment of tablet computers and applications. Many users are proactively buying devices with their own money and integrating them into their day-to-day roles, connecting them to enterprise networks with or without permission. This willingness to bring non company-issued devices into the workplace is prompting many organizations to consider an enterprise tablet strategy earlier and in earnest for the mobile workforce.