Managing tablet computers in the workplace

The rise of tablets has prompted interesting questions about how companies should handle device distribution and legislate usage.

The demand for tablet computers seems to be rising by the day. After a relatively short time on the market, employees have quickly realized that they can now combine their personal and business interests and needs all in one handy, portable device, and now are looking for support.

With mounting sales of the iPad 2, Kindle Fire and tablet/phone hybrid Samsung Galaxy Note, companies are now faced with the conundrum of how to govern the purchase and distribution of these devices. Some companies seem content to purchase their own tablets and disseminate them to their employees as they see fit, while others will offer a stipend or reimburse employees should they choose to buy one. And some companies have no plan in place at all.

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