Enterprises plump for tablets

Dell TabletEvery cloud has a silver lining and while the outlook looks cloudy for Intel, it’s good news for companies like ARM, if a recent report is to be believed.  Intel only has a toehold in the tablet market, having missed the boat on smartphones and such devices several years ago.

IDC said that usage of enterprise tablets in the UK, France and Germany is on the rise and by 2018, 15 percent of the total device base will be 15 percent.

IDC said it anticipates 40 million tablets and 2-in-1s will be sold over the next five years meaning one in four business computing devices will be that form factor by 2019.

What are the reasons for increased uptake of tablets in businesses? According to Marta Fioerenti, a senior analyst at IDC, the reasons for change are efficiency, productivity gains, and the increasing mobility of employees.

Right now, the leading sector in business is transport, while distribution is also adopting tablets.

IDC said 70 percent of the businesses it surveyed will probably buy tablets in the next two years.

Touch is considered a “very important” method to input data. Tablets are no longer used only by executives – 60 percent of people using them are involved in chiselling away at the business coalface.

All these changes, said IDC, herald sea changes in hardware and software requirements.