What’s more, according to Gartner, this number will break the billion barrier and reach 1.2bn in 2013. Guy Daniels reports.
Leading research firm Gartner suggests that 821 million smart devices (i.e. smartphones and tablets) will be purchased worldwide in 2012 and pass the billion mark in 2013. Smart devices will account for 70 per cent of total devices sold in 2012. Carolina Milanesi, research vice president at Gartner, said that the consumerisation of IT is continuing to disrupt corporate IT practices:
“For most businesses smartphones and tablets will not entirely replace PCs, but the ubiquity of smartphones and the increasing popularity of tablets are changing the way businesses look at their device strategies and the way consumers embrace devices.”
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 and virtually no penetration in 2010. By 2016, the firm believes that two-thirds of the mobile workforce will own a smartphone, and 40 per cent will be mobile.
Tablets will be the key accelerator to mobility, with Gartner estimating 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.
In the business market, Gartner says Windows 8 will take the third place position in the tablet market behind Apple and Android by 2016, with interest coming more from businesses than consumers. Gartner estimates that the share of Windows 8 tablets and “ultramobiles” in businesses will reach 39 per cent in 2016.
Over the past year, Carolina Milanesi says ahe has seen consumer preferences shaping not only the vendors’ 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 organization. CIOs who balance workers’ passion for Apple with the needs of IT will reap surprising benefits and prepare the business for entry of other consumer-market vendor technologies, as this is just the beginning. While Apple remains the heartbeat by which the market moves, Google has rapidly become its archrival.”
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, Ms. Milanesi adds that Android and iOS-based devices will continue to increase their presence in the enterprise side-by-side and in most cases instead of RIM’s BlackBerry products:
“As businesses are looking for a multi-device strategy and a rich application portfolio it is clear that RIM has a huge challenge ahead in regaining its key presence in the enterprise.”
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