• Mobile devices yet to reach maturity in the workplace

Mobile device use has yet to reach maturity in the workplace, according to a Gartner study.

The analyst has found that 80% of workers surveyed received one or more corporate-issued devices, and desktop PCs are still the most popular corporate device among businesses.

Gartner predicts that 75% of workers will receive at least one PC-type device in mature countries, in contrast only 23% of employees who will be given corporate-issued smartphones.

"In the era of mobility, it comes as something of a surprise that corporate usage of smartphones and tablets is not as high as PCs, even when the use of personally owned devices is taken into account," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal research analyst at Gartner.

“The low adoption of corporate-issued mobile devices underlines the fact that large numbers of personally owned mobile devices are used in the workplace. In fact, more than half of employees who used smartphones at work rely solely on their personally owned smartphones."

The report added that more than half workers receive corporate issued desktop PCs, while the adoption of laptops, including convertibles, was lower at 35%. Although the analyst expects that more employees will receive convertible laptops in the next three years, driven by the Windows 10 refresh.

The usage rate of personally owned tablets lags further behind that of personally owned smartphones. Only 21% of employees use tablets — regardless of whether they are corporate issued or personally owned.