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Have Mobile Devices Killed the PC? Not Yet

Have Mobile Devices Killed the PC? Not Yet
While mobile devices are growing in popularity, they have yet to replace the personal computer. / Credit: Personal computer image via Shutterstock

Reports of the PC's demise appear to be greatly exaggerated.

While smartphones and tablets have seen tremendous growth over the past three years, PCs remain a viable tool in the workplace, according to new study from CompTIA, the ICT Industry Association.

Rather than seeing PCs vanish at the same rate that smartphones and tablets are appearing, the research shows net growth in the overall market.

"The new norm is quickly becoming one employee, three devices," said Seth Robinson, director of technology analysis for CompTIA. "PCs, smartphones and tablets will all remain major components in the workplace for some time."

While they aren't giving up on their traditional PCs, more and more companies are investing in mobile devices for their workers. The study discovered that more than 70 percent of organizations have made some level of investment to build out mobility solutions.

Among companies that distribute devices to employees, 76 percent are giving out smartphones, with 61 percent handing out tablets.

The study does show that from procurement to management, handling these devices poses a major challenge for businesses of all sizes. For small business, a lack of resources causes the problem. For example, researchers said device integration and remote support require a combination of specialized skills, infrastructure and bandwidth a small company may not have in house.

Balancing the needs of end users and the requirements of the IT department tops the list of challenges for mid-sized companies, while large firms struggle with integrating and supporting mobile devices to so many employees.

Robinson said, however, that perhaps the highest hurdle for everyone is raising the skill level of employees.

"Mobile devices get used heavily in employees' personal lives, but there are enterprise aspects such as encryption, proper security settings and enterprise apps that require further and ongoing education," he said.

Overall, only 30 percent of the organizations surveyed have a formal mobility policy in place, with just 8 percent performing significant workflow changes as a result of mobility.

The study was based on surveys of 400 business and IT executives in the United States who are directly involved in setting or executing mobility policies and processes within their organizations.

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.

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