Tablet shipments leaving mobile PCs in rearview

Tablet shipments leaving mobile PCs in rearview

May 30

Devices like tablets are taking the information technology (IT) industry to new heights, especially in terms of enterprise mobility. Consumers and employees who use these powerful gadgets can access personal and corporate documents anywhere, regardless of location. Tablets’ small and attractive form factor is negatively impacting the mobile PC landscape. A recent IDC report said that year-over-year shipments of tablets are projected to increase roughly 59 percent in 2013, totaling 229.3 million units.

“What started as a sign of tough economic times has quickly shifted to a change in the global computing paradigm with mobile being the primary benefactor,” said Ryan Reith, IDC program manager. “Tablets surpassing portables in 2013, and total PCs in 2015, marks a significant change in consumer attitudes about compute devices and the applications and ecosystems that power them.”

Reith said that business users will be especially supportive of tablets moving forward. Firms that implement cloud computing solutions can empower their workforces like never before. Hosted environments are accessible through the Internet, making it possible for staff members to remain productive regardless of the situation or location. Such capability is ideal for natural disasters, which can force companies to close their offices during ongoing disruptions.

BYOD will become norm in business world
As the popularity of gadgets like tablets and smartphones continues into the future, the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon will follow. A survey conducted by research firm Gartner found that nearly 40 percent of organizations will no longer distribute company-owned products to employees by 2016 and, by 2017, half of respondents will require staff members to participate in BYOD practices.

Companies that have yet to embrace BYOD are missing out on a number of advantages, according to David Willis, Gartner analyst and vice president.

“The benefits of BYOD include creating new mobile workforce opportunities, increasing employee satisfaction, and reducing or avoiding costs,” Willis said.

Firms supporting BYOD initiatives often struggle to take full advantage of such policies. Willis said that that only 22 percent of organizations believe they have made a successful case for leveraging BYOD. He encouraged companies to showcase the benefits of BYOD throughout the entire business.

PCs may have been the dominant computing platform for decades, but the emergence of tablets and smartphones has put PCs in a precarious position. Although traditional computers will undoubtedly still have a place in the IT industry moving forward, the smaller gadgets may become even more of a staple in how businesses operate.

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