The Tablet Trend Races Towards the Enterprise

While desktop PCs and notebooks have typically been a mainstay in business, current workplace trends surrounding mobility and consumerization are causing CIOs to take pause when purchasing traditional equipment. Last year alone, PC sales saw a 9.5 percent decline, with the trend of declining numbers happening for years. Gartner has released a study affirming that while standard hardware is no longer satisfying users, tablets and smartphones are moving up fast and show no signs of slowing down.

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Key facts and figures from the Gartner study include:

  • Tablet shipments will equate to approximately 256 million units by the end of 2014, and 321 million in 2015.
  • By 2018, an estimated 88 percent of all mobile phone sales will be comprised of smartphones.
  • Ultra-mobile shipments are forecast to rise from 21.5 million in 2013 to 32.2 million in 2014, and 55 million in 2015.
  • The PC market decline will taper to 2.9 percent in 2014. Shipments of traditional desktops and laptops are expected to drop from 276.2 million in 2014 to 261.6 million in 2015.

CIO Today’s Dan Heilman recently wrote an analysis of the Gartner report, detailing the trends IT leaders need to keep an eye on before rushing off to buy another shipment of PCs. The surge of tablets is especially crucial: “Gartner points out that, as with any devices, adoption goes through phases of popularity from early to late adopters, and tablets are now moving into the latter part of that curve in mature markets.”

The reality is tablets have evolved significantly since their inception. Security and compatibility were once doubtful when it came to enterprise adoption, as was overall employee willingness to work with a device previously unheard of in professional settings. But the aforementioned consumerization trend has resulted in employees demanding what were once perceived as personal devices. The comforts of the consumer living are now borderline requisites within the workplace. And the latest models of popular tablets have demonstrated superior security and compatibility.

If you’re noticing your employees growing dissatisfied with traditional computing equipment, heed these Gartner findings carefully. A tablet could be the solution your enterprise has been waiting for.

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