Who Pays for Government Employee’s Smartphones? [MetaFAQs]

Public entities have a different mandate than private companies, and yet in many ways aren’t that different from most employers.

Their choices for technology devices and services include off-the-shelf products designed for both commercial and consumer users, whether in Government or private enterprise.

Do Government employees use personal smartphones for work?

The vast majority (91%) of Government employees pay for their own phone service, and most (87%) paid for their own Smartphone. This is not substantially different than employees in private industry.metafacts-metafaqs-2016-10-24_07-48-37
Also, the BYOD policies for Government employees aren’t unique, with most employers allowing any type of mobile phone for work-related use, 38% of Government employees and 43% nationwide.

This is based on our most recent research among 7,336 US adults as part of the Technology User Profile (TUP) 2016 survey. In this MetaFAQ, Government employees include those working in local, state, or federal Government.

This MetaFAQs research result addresses one of the many questions profiling active technology users.

Many other related answers are part of the full TUP service, available to paid subscribers. The TUP chapter with substantial information about Government employees is the TUP 2016 User Profile Chapter.

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What Size Companies Use Apple Macs? (MetaFAQs)

Employers have bought their employees Apple Macs for years. However, historically, these were few and far between, and mostly found in the hands of graphic artists and marketing departments.

Is Apple’s PC share higher among employees in smaller or large companies?

Among employees in smaller and medium-size companies, Apple’s share is twice that of employees in large companies.metafacts-metafaqs-mq0068-2016-10-22_17-07-21

This is based on our most recent research among 7,336 US adults as part of the Technology User Profile (TUP) 2016 survey.

Only 1 in 11 Primary Work PCs are Apple for employees in organizations with 1,000 or more employees. For employees in companies with less than 100 employees, 1 in 5 uses a Mac. Among only notebook PCs, Apple has a substantially higher share, similarly stronger in smaller than larger companies.

The move to mobility has favored Apple in recent years, as Apple’s advanced notebooks have gained broader acceptance among employers.

This MetaFAQs research result addresses one of the many questions profiling active technology users.

Many other related answers are part of the full TUP service, available to paid subscribers. The TUP chapter with the most information about Hearables users is the TUP 2016 Devices Chapter. Other TUP chapters detail iPhones, iPads, and the overall brand footprint.

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Which industries use the newest or oldest versions of Windows? (MetaFAQs)

Some industries tend to be the first to adopt new information technology, while others tend to be laggards. Others leapfrog over each other, coordinating massive efforts to get current and compliant with the latest technology, only to have it outpace their initiatives.

One telling measure is the version of Operating Systems on employee’s Work PC.Windows OS Versions on Work PCs by Industry MetaFacts mq0664

Nearly three-quarters (73%) of employees in Government are using PCs with Windows 8 or older. This ranks Government as last. Furthermore, nearly two-thirds (63%) of Government employee’s computers are using Windows 7 or older.

The 2nd and 3rd-ranked industries as OS Laggards are Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Higher Education.

In the decades of our research, we’ve seen that some industries perennially behave different than others, specifically Government and Education. These have their own seasons when they are are buying and when they aren’t. Also, these particular industry often have a more centralized approach to acquiring and managing tech products and services than many other industries. Also, higher educational institutions in the public eye have a fiduciary responsibility to the public that encourages transparent cost-justification and longer life cycles. Other industries often invest in the newest technology as a competitive advantage.

We don’t expect any industry to change overnight due to release of technology. Inertia itself doesn’t change quickly. Instead, we expect technology companies such as Microsoft to continue adapting their vertically-focused efforts to help guide these industries into the future.

About this MetaFAQ

In addition to profiling the operating systems and PCs of employees, many other related answers are part of the TUP service, available to paid subscribers. One section of TUP 2016 which includes extensive results about printers, printer users, and printing activities – the TUP 2016 Printers chapter. This is one of more than a dozen chapters in the entire TUP 2016 study.

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Which employees are using Windows 7 PCs? (MetaFAQs)

Employers vary considerably in how quickly they adopt new operating systems for their employee’s computers.

With Microsoft’s massive efforts to upgrade their installed base to Windows 10, which employees are using Windows 7?

Four in ten (40%) of employees working for employers with 1,000 or more employees are using Windows 7. By comparison, the more-nimble smaller and medium-size organizations only have one-fourth of their PC-using employees with Windows 7.mq0082-2016-09-29_12-19

Larger organizations have consistently been laggards in adopting new information technology products of nearly all kinds. There are many good justifications, from spending controls, security concerns, or training issues. Often, organizations of all sizes have specific in-house or custom applications that needs to work flawlessly on newer operating systems.

Looking deeper into our TUP research results, we’ve found several notable industries which are further along in moving beyond Windows 7 and adopting Windows 10 or even moving to Apple Macs.These pioneers are finding ways to use newer technology for their competitive advantage.

We expect larger organizations as a whole to continue with their careful, if slower, adoption of newest technology.

About this MetaFAQ

In addition to profiling the spending, demographics, activities, and devices of these employees, many other related answers are part of the TUP service, available to paid subscribers.One section of TUP 2016 in particular includes extensive results about employees and the technology they use – the TUP 2016 Work/Self-Employed PCs section. This is part of the TUP 2016 PC Chapter, one of more than a dozen chapters in the entire TUP 2016 study.

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