Gartner Analyst Mikako Kitagawa says that the shift from PCs to tablets for daily content consumption is continuing, even though PC shipments in the U.S. hit 16.1 million units during the third quarter, up 3.5% from the same quarter in 2012.
Worldwide, however, PC shipments dropped 8.6%, Gartner says, marking the sixth consecutive quarter of declining worldwide PC shipments. A total of 80.3 million PCs were shipped during the third quarter, setting the volume back more than five years.
Gartner credits Google's Android mobile OS with a big part in rising 2013 tablet sales and declining PC sales. "A greater availability of inexpensive Android tablets attracted first-time consumers in emerging markets, and as supplementary devices in mature markets," stated Kitagawa. Tablets will continue to put pressure on PC vendors, she said.
The 3rd quarter 2013 tablet sales numbers show a shift from PCs to tablets that is primarily driven by consumers, but it is affecting the IT landscape, too. One of the primary headaches facing IT managers is mobile security for employee-owned devices.
“Every 15 to 20 years, the IT landscape shifts. The last major shift of this magnitude was the shift to the Internet and e-business,” explains Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy. “But the shift to mobile is no less disruptive. It’s changed the way people work, and the way organizations conduct business. Mobile security is one of the primary initiatives in most IT organizations, whether they purchase company-owned devices or encourage BYOD.”
IDC reports that by 2016, employee owned smartphones, tablets and PCs in the workplace will grow from 2 billion to more than 5.25 billion. These users expect IT to support them in accessing corporate databases and applications seamlessly and securely. This is creating new demands on the corporate network and putting the company’s customer and employee data at risk.
80% of companies are currently at risk of a data breach due one gap in their security architecture, and that risk is likely to increase as more tablets and smartphones enter the workplace. But it doesn’t have to be that way, Hansen says.
Companies are taking steps to protect their data, Hansen says, but most existing MDM and network security problems leave a gaping security hole in the form of mobile printing. “That’s where Breezy comes in. We secure the ‘last mile’ for mobile devices, with secure on-device encryption that allows employees to print from any mobile device, to internal and external printers, with just a few clicks.”
A new video from Breezy, Securing the Last Mile in Your Mobile Deployment, explains how it works. Whether a company has a BYOD policy or is purchasing tablets and smartphones for employee use, the need for secure mobile printing is increasing. Watch the video now to see how Breezy is helping companies of all sizes close the security gap.
Breezy, the leading provider of secure mobile device print solutions, has been added as a sponsor to the AirWatch Connect 2013 User Group Conference this week in Atlanta.
Breezy will be showcasing its secure enterprise mobile device printing solution in the App Pavillion during the show, which opens this morning and continues through Thursday at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (265 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA, 30303).
Breezy is a printer-agnostic application that provides on-device encryption for any mobile device (iOS, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows tablets and smartphones). Breezy is fully integrated with AirWatch, the global leader and innovator in mobile security and the largest Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) provider.
Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy, says that participating in Connect Atlanta is an exciting opportunity for Breezy. “This is a collaborative forum that will bring together leading users of AirWatch’s EMM solutions, top industry analysts, and the vendors and suppliers who are helping enterprises adapt to the changes required to protect sensitive data and keep up with ever-changing compliance rules. We’re very proud to be part of the process, and to be able to offer the missing link in many mobile security solutions with our proven secure mobile print app.”
For details about AirWatch Connect, visit the conference website at http://www.air-watch.com/connect/atlanta-2013/
Two recent surveys confirm what many IT managers have long suspected: if employees are unhappy with company policies on mobile devices or strict mobile security policies that they see as hindering their ability to get work done, they will find a way around the policies so that they can use unsecured devices to access company files.
Every day, IT walks a fine line between balancing mobile security issues and giving people the tools they need to get the job done. Every day, employees move sensitive data around. IT is in charge of securing that data, but what about things like secure mobile printing that tend to fall through the cracks?
Employees cite the need to work while “on the go”, as well as the difficulty of complying with company mobile security policies as reasons for violating policy. For most IT managers and compliance officers,
however, the reasons for the security risks posed by mobile devices are less important than the fact that sensitive data is being put at risk.
For example, a survey done by Harris Interactive on behalf of Fiberlink asked 2,064 U.S. adults about their mobile behavior. Most of the survey respondents said their behavior was “just an effort to get the job done”, but they could still expose sensitive corporate data.
- More than 50% reported uploading sensitive data to cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and iCloud.
- More than 70% of Millennials use their own phones and tablets for work, and open sensitive data in mobile apps such as QuickOffice, Dropbox, or Evernote that aren’t covered by corporate security protections.
- 84% of respondents reported sending sensitive data via their personal email addresses, usually free mail accounts from Google, Yahoo, and other services.
In a survey by Symantec, 62% of respondents said that it was acceptable to transfer work documents to personal computers, tablets or smartphones. The majority of these files, according to Symantec, are never deleted because employees don't understand the risks involved with keeping them. In fact, the company’s director of product marketing, Robert Hamilton, wrote that half of employees who left their position or lost their job in the last 12 months kept confidential company data on personal mobile devices when they left.
The Fiberlink survey adds some disturbing detail to this by reporting that 51% of employed U.S. adults surveyed who have personal smartphones/tablets use these mobile devices for work-related purposes and a third of those in the survey reported that they have lost a USB drive with confidential information on it.
Don’t Add Mobile Printing to Security Risks
One of the employee behaviors that could put company data at risk is transferring files to unsecured workstations (desktops or laptops) because employees need a way to print files stored on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets. Fortunately, there’s a simple, easy-to-use solution that gives employees real ease-of-use and secure mobile printing from any device.
That solution is Breezy. It’s the only scalable solution that can handle high-volume mobile printing to any printer on any network, from any mobile device, with secure device-level encryption for sensitive data. But don’t take our word for it. Check out what Gartner had to say about Breezy in its 2013 report on Cool Vendors in Imaging and Print Services.
Or see for yourself, with a free trial of Breezy’s secure mobile print solution for your company. You’ll be able to deploy the app across your existing print infrastructure in minutes, allowing your users secured, policy-compliant printing from any mobile device, whether at headquarters or through the global Breezy Partner Network of print locations. Click here to start your free
Forrester Research Analyst Michael O’Grady says that if you don’t own a tablet yet, you probably will soon. In a new forecast on the tablet market, O’Grady and his team predict that 6 out of 10 consumers in North America will own a tablet by the year 2017. Worldwide, the report predicts sales of tablets will reach 381 units in 2017, resulting in a global installed base of 905 million units.
The report also says that companies will continue to ramp up their adoption of tablets in the workplace, with about 18 percent of all tablets bought by 2017 used exclusively for work. As this happens, the need for mobile device management tools will skyrocket – and so will the need for mobile printing solutions.
Forrester analyst J.P. Gownder wrote that while companies are now purchasing tablets for specific classes of workers – such as field salespeople and front-line customer support personnel – the number of employees who are bringing their own devices to work is exploding.
However, Forrester says the current mix of BYOD and company-issued tablets is also changing with a new model: companies sharing the cost of a tablet purchase with an employee who wants to be able to select a specific brand, with specific features. These picky consumers don’t want to risk letting the IT department dictate what brand of tablet they use, or whether they have options like an external keyboard, or what carrier provides their Internet access, so they’d rather buy their own device – or split the cost with an employer.
Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy, agrees with the analysts who say that consumers remain the driving force in tablet adoption within corporate America. “With more and more employees selecting the brand of tablet they are using, the need for a secure way to allow these tablets to access company resources is becoming critical. We’re getting more and more inquiries from companies that need to provide access to secure printing from a very wide range of tablets. It’s something that mobile device management software tools often forget.
“The ability to enable a fleet of printers for secure printing from any mobile device in seconds is the primary reason that Breezy is becoming the mobile printing leader,” Hansen added.
As tablets pass the threshold from new technology (less than 50% consumer usage) to mainstream technology, the demand for secure wireless mobile print solutions will continue to grow. Forrester predicts that tablets will achieve 50% of the U.S., Canadian, Japanese, Hong Kong, and Korean markets in about three years (by the end of 2016 or beginning of 2017), with Europe lagging slightly behind with tablets becoming mainstream in 2019.
Photo credit: This photograph of a sales person using a tablet computer was offered on Flickr under a Creative Commons License.
New Breezy for Good app now delivers secure printing for the mobile workforce on both Android and iOS devices.
Oakland, CA – January 29, 2013: Breezy, an industry leader in secure mobile printing, has released an Android version of its “Breezy for Good” app, expanding secure mobile printing flexibility for enterprises utilizing the Good Dynamics® AppKinetics technology delivered by Good Technology™. Whether operating within a deployed or BYOD model Breezy for Good ensures secure mobile printing on iOS and Android devices and integrates with the other mobile collaboration solutions secured by the Good Dynamics platform.
Breezy for Good on Android is designed to work seamlessly within the Good environment to provide secure mobile printing for the workforce on the go.
“Breezy for Good eliminates what we refer to as ‘last mile’ vulnerability for Good users, by ensuring that information within the Good environment remains secure during the ‘last mile’ of the journey from digital to printed form”, said Jared Hansen, CEO of Breezy. “We are excited that the rich functionality of Breezy for Good is now available for both Android and iOS users.”
Enterprise users enjoy the power and security of Breezy’s full platform, including its global Partner Network, empowering Good users to print securely from any iOS or Android device to any printer, anywhere, and at any time. CIOs and IT administrators will appreciate:
On-device encryption – Breezy encrypts files on the device before transferring the files via secure channels to the intended printer.
Centralized IT Management – Full administrative control and visibility across the enterprise through a web dashboard with control over Breezy for Good app functionality.
Simple to Deploy – Breezy can be deployed and running within your Good environment within minutes, with no expensive consultants required.
Breezy Partner Network – A global network of thousands of hotels, airports and print service providers enabling users to print securely when on the go.
Built from the ground up with security in mind, Breezy for Good integrates seamlessly with other Good Dynamics-enabled mobile apps, increasing the collaboration and productivity of your mobile workforce.
“We’re excited to work with Breezy to deliver a robust, easy to use and secure way to perform mobile printing from any device to any printer, as well as print auditing capabilities,” said Herve Danzelaud, Vice President of Business Development and Alliances, Good Technology. “When it comes to mobile applications, businesses have a strong need to protect enterprise data. Breezy for Good Technology will provide a value-add to our customers who want to extend employees’ business productivity and collaboration capabilities beyond the office.”
For more detailed information download the Breezy for Good datasheet here:
Companies already utilizing Breezy for Good on iOS can get the Android app here:
Breezy is the world's most secure mobile printing platform. Breezy's software lets users print to any printer from any device, and can mobile-enable existing printer fleets in a matter of minutes. The Breezy Partner Network, with thousands of locations worldwide, is the world's largest fully secured printing network, and the Breezy API, used in a growing number of popular productivity apps, can add secure printing capabilities to any app on any platform. Learn more at www.breezy.com.
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Good Technology, the leader in secure enterprise mobility solutions, creates a world where employees can securely connect, communicate, and collaborate using their personal iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices. A world where IT can manage mobile apps, devices and enterprise data simply and safely to increase overall business productivity. A world where business information can travel wherever it needs to go, without putting sensitive enterprise or personal data at risk. Good Technology’s customers include more than 4,000 organizations worldwide, including FORTUNE 100™ leaders in financial services, healthcare, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, legal, and government. Learn more at www.good.com.