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The Tablet PC (R)evolution

MobileDemand was recently featured in an excellent article by Mobile Enterprise entitled “The Tablet (R)evolution”. 

“Enterprises and their employees want real-time, on-demand access to content, the Internet, and business applications. As such, the tablet is emerging as an alternative to the laptop and the smartphone to provide access to these business functions.

MobileDemand xTablet Tablet PCAccording to preliminary results of a survey by Mobile Enterprise and The 451 Group conducted in February 2011, 41.2% of respondents’ companies allow tablets in their enterprise, 5.7% said that tablets are not allowed, and 53.1% have no stated tablet policy or are currently evaluating their policies towards tablets.

According to our survey, drivers for enterprise use of tablets include mobilizing business processes, improving customer responsiveness, increasing levels of collaboration, increased competitiveness, improving sales, and note-taking at meetings.

The Yankee Group released its first-ever global tablet forecast in January 2011, predicting that the total global revenue from consumer-grade tablet devices will increase from $16 billion in 2010 to $46 billion in 2014. Annual U.S. tablet sales will more than triple between 2010 and 2015, growing at a CAGR of 31%, from roughly 8 million units in 2010 to 30 million units by 2015.

Revolution or evolution?

How did tablets make their way into the enterprise? The enterprise tablet market has been in existence for about a decade, but enterprise adoption on a large scale didn’t start taking off until last year.

“In the ’90s, tablets were mostly used as handheld replacements,” explains Matt Miller, president, MobileDemand. “In the early 2000s, convertible rugged tablets were used as laptop/notebook replacements. Now, they are replacing handhelds and laptops because they can be integrated with other devices to make them more useful in businesses: barcode scanners, RFID, credit cards scanners, cameras, etc.”

To continue reading this article by Mobile Enterprise, click here.

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