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Research Roundup: Hardware-based security, tablets and Chromebooks, remote-work misalignment

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by Peter Krass on 05/02/2022
Blog Category: devices

Hardware-based security is on the rise. Tablet and Chromebook shipments are falling. And workers and their bosses are misaligned on the subject of working remotely.

That’s from the latest IT industry research. Here’s your tech provider’s roundup.

Secure systems start with hardware

Only a third of companies (36%) use hardware-assisted security solutions today, but nearly half (47%) say they’ll adopt hardware solutions within the next year.

That’s among the findings of a new survey sponsored by Intel and conducted by Ponemon Institute. In all, 1,406 individuals were surveyed worldwide. All were in job roles that have them influencing their organizations’ decisions regarding investments in security tech.

Of that group using hardware-assisted security tech now, 85% also said that hardware- and firmware-based security is a high or very high priority. And about two-thirds (64%) said it’s important for vendors to offer a choice of both hardware- and software-based security capabilities.

Tablet & Chromebook shipments slip

Tablet shipments worldwide fell by nearly 4% in the first quarter compared with the year-earlier period. And Chromebook shipments worldwide fell by nearly 62% year-on-year.

Those are the latest figures from market watcher IDC. It says these markets are “adjusting to new conditions.”

More specifically, IDC says, tablet shipments worldwide totaled 38.4 million units in the first quarter. That’s a 3.9% drop from last year’s first quarter, when shipments totaled 39.9 million units.

Chromebook shipments in this year’s first quarter totaled 5.1 million units, IDC says. That represents a 61.9% decline from the year-earlier quarter, when shipments totaled 13.3 million units.

What’s up (or down) with Chromebooks? Market saturation, says IDC. Still, shipments actually rose in Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan and China) thanks to large investments in edtech.

The tablet market is seeing the entry of new suppliers that include OPPO and Xiaomi. Of course, they haven’t yet made a dent in market leader Apple’s share. Apple now controls nearly a third of worldwide tablet shipments (31.5%), and no other vendor comes even close.

Hybrid work: employees & leaders misaligned

Does working from home hurt your chance of being promoted? Depends on who you ask.

In a recent survey conducted by Gartner, 70% of employees said on-site workers are more likely to be promoted and paid more than their remote-working colleagues.

But when Gartner polled their bosses — senior executives — it got a very different answer: 94% of the senior execs said their own jobs can be done remotely at least one day a week. And nearly a quarter of them (24%) want to be fully remote.

This misalignment could be costly. Gartner expects 37.4 million U.S. workers to quit their jobs this year, a nearly 20% increase from pre-pandemic levels.


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