The information technology (IT) industry is undergoing a serious transition from PCs to mobile solutions such as smartphones and tablets. These smaller, yet still powerful gadgets allow consumers and employees access to personal and work-related content anywhere, regardless of location.
A recent Gartner report said that global PC shipments totaled 76 million units during the second quarter of 2013, down 11 percent from the same period in 2012. This also represents the fifth consecutive quarter of decline, which is the longest such trend in the history of PCs.
Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner, said affordable tablets are taking away from the total PC market.
“In emerging markets, inexpensive tablets have become the first computing device for many people, who at best are deferring the purchase of a PC,” Kitagawa said. “This is also accounting for the collapse of the mini notebook market.”
Companies that want to support a mobile workforce should consider the benefits of devices such as tablets and smartphones alongside cloud computing. With such options in place, staff members can always collaborate with colleagues, access email and complete work-related content on the go.
Smart devices dominating IT industry
Devices with Internet capability such as smartphones, tablets and mobile PCs are greatly influencing the global IT industry. An IDC report predicted that global shipments of these gadgets will exceed 1.7 billion units by 2014, with maturing markets responsible for roughly 1 billion shipments.
In 2014, the United States, Japan and the U.K. will account for more than 400 million shipments of smart devices, according to IDC. These markets will generate $204 billion next year.
Although PCs are still useful within the global smart device landscape, they are clearly giving way to tablets and smartphones. According to IDC, smartphones and tablets will account for more than 1.4 billion shipments in 2014.
“It is evident that smartphones and tablets have successfully established a strong presence as the ‘second screen’, owing to the transformation in usage patterns, device affordability, and, most of all, the comfort of a mobile and digital lifestyle,” said Megha Saini, research analyst at IDC.
The IT industry will continue to be influenced by major trends for the foreseeable future. Mobile solutions such as tablets and smartphones will likely be tech staples for years to come.
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