The Rise of the Enterprise Tablet

Since the start of 2010 tablets have clearly established their place as the next generation of digital development with an exponential growth in sales every year, and now they seem to be more and more adopted by big enterprises. Twice as many tablets were sold in the first quarter of 2012 compared to the first quarter in 2011. And various technological trends suggest that the tablet experience will only improve, especially for companies and enterprises.

The biggest market share belongs to Apple's iPad, which has significantly exceeded all of its digital predecessors from Apple in terms of sales. The iPad was the first modern-generation tablet to be introduced to the world. It took only two years to sell 67 million iPads, the same amount that took Macs 24 years to sell, iPods 5 years and iPhones 3 years.

Tablet sales skyrocketing and increasingly adopted by businesses

With the mobility of a smartphone and workability of a PC merged into one, tablets make a perfect tool for business-people on the go. They are easier to carry, last longer on battery (generally) and can connect to the Internet through Wifi and 3G/4G. Companies are increasingly adapting tablets to their work environment in what is termed  the year of the enterprise tablet.

Adapted to meet enterprise requirements

In 2011, 13.6 million tablets were shipped to enterprises. By 2016 this number is estimated to be 96.3 million tablets, a compound annual growth rate of nearly 50%. This will happen as iOS and Android platforms will be adapted to meet enterprise requirements and Windows 8 tablets will hit the market later this year. According to digital agency Vertic this development is facilitated and driven by technological trends such as 4G connection and cloud computing. Furthermore, by 2015, mobile app development projects are expected to outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4-to-1.

While the utility of tablets seems to be great for businesspeople-on-the-go there are also challenges. 'Bring Your Own Device' (BYOD) policies pose the problem of compromised security of corporate data, and providing employees with corporate devices is a great extra expense. 

BBC reports on the trend looking at a retailing business that uses only tablets, raising the rather bold question whether tablets will replace PCs in the future.

Do you use tablets at work? How are they more useful than PCs and how are they not? Share your thoughts below.

Written by: Jákup Justinussen

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