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IT Professionals Must Play Strategic Role in Growing Trend

There's a growing trend shaping the business world with implications for IT professionals. Find out what CIOs are saying you need to have on your radar.

March 7, 2011
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Menlo Park, Calif. — March 7

The business world is being reshaped by mobile technologies, and companies are moving to embrace the highly portable, Internet-linked tablet computer. Nearly half (49 percent) of CIOs in a recent survey said their companies will increase the use of tablets in the next two years.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a provider of information technology professionals on a project- and full-time basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.

CIOs were asked, “To what extent, if any, do you think your company’s use of ‘tablet’ computers will increase or decrease in the next two years?”

While 49 percent of respondents reported that company use would increase, 40 percent said there would be no change, and only 2 percent said it would decrease. The remaining 9 percent said they didn’t know or the question didn’t apply to their business.

“With more companies moving to Internet-based file sharing and data storage, along with an emphasis on portability and mobile productivity, it’s no surprise CIOs anticipate wider use of tablet computers,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “The challenge for IT departments will be providing adequate support and security.”

Reed adds that as tablet computers further decentralize the workplace and make it more mobile, companies will seek IT professionals who can assist with the development of mobile applications and related security issues, along with troubleshooting for end users.

“An increase in tablet use will likely add to the roles of IT professionals,” Reed said. “Businesses will need experts who not only are knowledgeable about mobile applications and security, but also can help the company make better strategic use of mobile devices to enhance productivity and customer service.”

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