The explosion of mobile technology has profoundly changed the way employees get work done. First, the transition from traditional tower PCs to notebooks gave people the ability to take their work off the desktop and on the road. Now, the rise of increasingly powerful tablets and handheld devices has made truly mobile productivity flourish.

While this push toward mobile devices has driven incredible productivity gains, it is not without costs. Specifically, notebooks, tablets, and smartphones are at significantly greater risk of damage than traditional desktops. From drops on floors and drops into water to usage in extreme conditions, the mobile nature of these devices leaves them much more susceptible to damage than traditional desktops. The rate of failure increases each year a device is in use, ranging from 11% failing the first year to more than 20% failing by year five.

Download this IDC report to learn more how the issue of device damage becomes increasingly important for a number of reasons including repair costs and lost productivity.

Paper contributed by Panasonic.