Are you aware of the revolution within your walls?

With many mobile devices now approaching — or exceeding — the computing power found in older PC’s and, their popularity is soaring among end-users and employers have taken notice. The question becomes: What’s the smart approach to increased productivity and workforce mobility with these brainy devices?

An intriguing fact was uncovered by a recent Dell-sponsored study: 75 percent of companies are considering allowing personally owned devices into the corporate environment, with or without network access.

Smart devices are becoming more and more affordable, lowering the bar for those who want to dabble in the technology. With smartphones and tablets becoming constant companions that go everywhere, workers are clamoring to use their personal devices at the office, not just in their personal lives.

Smartphones and tablets are deceptively small, containing some serious computing power, as evidenced by their access to email, Internet, multimedia messaging, and data storage — including databases stored right on the device. Your workforce is already training itself in the nuances of mobile device use for personal pursuits. Don’t you want to see how that expertise might benefit your business?

There’s little doubt that mobile devices in the workplace have already influenced the enterprise. Both pros and cons exist around costs, employee morale, corporate liability and governance, content management, data safety and network security.

A new Dell white paper — The Great Debate: Corporate vs. Personal Liability for Smartphones and Tablet Devices in the Workplace — spells out some approaches that companies can use to sort through all the issues driven by this mobile communication culture change.

Knowledge can help your business to gain a real perspective on the smart device revolution well under way inside your walls.

About the Author: Diana Ost