Barcelona, Spain, 6 November, 2012 — The consumerisation trend has hit IT as an unstoppable force, as 821 million smart devices (smartphones and tablets) will be purchased worldwide in 2012, passing the billion mark in 2013, according to Gartner, Inc. Smart devices will account for 70 per cent of total devices sold in 2012. (TZ)
“For most businesses smartphones and tablets will not entirely replace PCs, but the ubiquity of smartphones and the increasing popularity of tablets are changing both the way consumers embrace devices and business device strategies,” said Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner.
Gartner analysts discussed the directions in mobile device technologies and management approaches today at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2012, taking place in Barcelona through 8 November.
“In 2016, two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone, and 40 per cent of the workforce will be mobile,” said Ms Milanesi. Tablets will be the key accelerator to mobility. Gartner estimates that in 2012 purchases of tablets by businesses will reach 13 million units and will more than triple by 2016, to reach 53 million units.
Smartphones have become truly pervasive in every aspect of an employee’s life. Gartner estimates that 56 per cent of smartphones purchased by businesses in North America and Europe will be Android devices in 2016, up from 34 per cent in 2012 – from virtually no penetration in 2010.
“Today the wide range of brands and price points that the Android ecosystem offers is winning over users. While Apple remains the heartbeat by which the market moves, Google has rapidly become its archrival,” said Ms Milanesi.
The increasing penetration of Android in the enterprise will continue to pose challenges for the IT department and the CIO to ensure that security and manageability remain a priority. However, Android and iOS-based devices will continue to increase their presence in the enterprise alongside, and in most cases instead of, RIM. “As businesses are looking for a multi-device strategy and a rich application portfolio it is clear that RIM has a huge challenge ahead to regain its strong presence in the enterprise,” said Ms Milanesi.
In the business market, Windows 8 will take the No. 3 position in the tablet market behind Apple and Android by 2016, with interest coming more from businesses than consumers. Tablets and convertibles will be the way into businesses for Windows 8. Gartner estimates that the share of Windows 8 tablets and ultramobiles in businesses will reach 39 per cent in 2016.
Over the past year, we have seen consumer preferences shaping not only the vendor landscape but also the way IT departments need to think about devices in the enterprise, with BYOD becoming a part of the devices policy. “In just 12 months businesses have moved from resisting Apple to accepting its devices in the organisation. CIOs who balance workers‘ passion for Apple with the needs of IT will reap surprising benefits and prepare the business for the entry of other consumer-market vendor technologies, as this is just the beginning,” said Ms Milanesi.
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