Predictions: By 2013, 80% of businesses will support workers using tablets.
Gartner, one of the top analyst firms in the High Tech industry, has published its “Top Predictions for 2011:” One of the predictions – “By 2013, 80 percent of businesses will support a workforce using tablets.”*
What does this mean to you as an individual as it relates to your Personal Information Management, PIM Strategy? It means many things. Some good. Some not so good.
The good: Great tools. Portable. A “Cool factor”, Easy to use, a lot less hassle than lugging around a notebook. New applications are being developed every day. An ability to use the device as an entertainment device as well as a business tool.
The not so good: As opined in a previous blog posting www.pimcoach.com/?p=142 it is imperative that you as an individual keep all of your personal information separate from your business information. OR at least keep a meticulous backup routine of your personal information. In short, for a multitude of reasons, your company assets can be retrieved without notice. Meaning your firm can mandate that their phones, systems, notebooks and or tablets all be taken from you on the spot, without notice. Obvious reasons may be for legal disputes, termination, discovery, bankruptcy and many more. Fore some reasons mentioned above, even your personal assets may be “Ceased”. (For instance, for discovery for litigation purposes.)
As to the prediction by Gartner, I am convinced this is not a stretch. High probability this will come true. So, what should you do if you use a tablet, or a notebook for business purposes? Your personal tablet or notebook? A business owned tablet or notebook? For purposes of this discussion, IF the tablet is owned by the company, you as an employee have little say as to the company repossessing it. Or IF the device is your personal property, the company still has a legitimate case to cease it, if there is confidential company information resident on the device. Either way, you as an individual will want to maintain control of your personal information. The best way to avoid risk is to start and incorporate a consistent backup routine to maintain control and access to your personal information.
Call to action: Regularly back up all of your personal information on a media that is owned by you. Use a CD, DVD, BlueRay Disk, External Hard Drive, Thumb Drive or a Web Service. Any media or vehicle you chose will be more acceptable than to lose access to your personal data completely.
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