Enterprise market spurs tablet sales

Dell TabletWhile we reported earlier this week that sales of tablets were declining for individuals, it’s not all doom and gloom in the sector.

IDC released a report saying that enterprises in the UK, France and Germany are increasingly deploying tablets for employees to use for business.

Marta Fiorenti, a senior research analyst at IDC, said that more and more tablets are being used by employees as their only work tool. Tablets are either replacing traditional devices or used for work not supported by other computing devices, she said.

“We can only expect and increase in the share of stand alone tablets, as confirmed by the purchase intentions of the study respondents,” she said.

The survey showed tablets are the only business device for 40 percent of employees but that percentage is greater if 2-in-1 convertibles are added to the mix. This latter category is displacing portable and desktop PCs, mainly because they support keyboard use.

Fiorenti gave some examples of their use in the restaurant sector, to take orders; by doctors and nurses; and by pilots. Their use varies depending on what a person does in her or his job.

White collar employees, executives, sales people, engineers and journalists generally use tablets as well as desktops or laptops.