Tablet sales continue to decline – but hope abounds for refreshed Surface and iPad Pros

The global tablet market declined 8.6% during the third quarter of 2018 according to the latest figures from IDC – but with the release of updated Surface and iPad Pros, there could be light at the end of a very long tunnel.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, found global shipments were at 36.4 million for those three months, with slate tablets still accounting for...

By James Bourne, 05 November 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet, UX.

Detachable tablet market sees growth – but traditional slates continue to struggle

Good news and bad news on the tablet front according to IDC’s most recent statistics: while the detachable tablet market has seen an upturn in fortunes, shipments of more traditional slate tablets have declined for the 13th consecutive quarter.

The figures, which appear in the analyst firm’s most recent Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker, reveal the worldwide detachable tablet market – iPad Pro, Microsoft Surface Pro, and so forth – grew to 6.5 million units in the fourth quarter of...

By James Bourne, 06 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Why iOS 11 is a game changer for enterprise productivity

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the highly anticipated iPhone X, calling it "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone." Apple also released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, each a compelling new entry on their own. The new iPhones join the already robust portfolio of new products released in the last four months: the MacBook, Mac desktop, and iPad Pro. All of these products are enterprise-ready. However, unlike 10 years ago when BYO demand pushed Apple into the...

By MobileIron, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Productivity, Tablet.

Dell unveils new rugged tablet with British Army seal of approval

Dell has announced the launch of a new rugged tablet which aims to help field services workers thrive whatever the conditions.

The rugged device, called the Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet, offers up to 16 GB of memory – double that of previous iterations – a multi-touch glove capable display, as well as a variety of handles and straps aimed at ease of use and comfort for mobile environments.

Dell has a variety of punishing environments to test these devices – as

By James Bourne, 30 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Apple retains lead in Nordics device market, IDC figures show

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A new piece of research teased out by analyst house IDC provides an interesting look at a microcosm of the device market; the iPad Pro has helped Apple maintain a solid market lead for smart connected devices in the Nordics.

The figures, which class PCs, smartphones, detachable computers and tablets in the overall field of ‘smart connected devices’, saw Apple’s overall market share of 28.8% with 1.58 million shipments in Q116, down from 33% this time last year. Samsung...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Tablet.

Tablet sales are missing expectations – but is this true for the enterprise?

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Mobility is changing the enterprise. But what does this mean aside from the continued rise of the smartphone?

For PCs and tablets, the outlook appears less than rosy. The former is certainly less than surprising – and some may say not before time. A note published yesterday by analyst house Gartner showed global PC shipments declined by almost 10% in the first quarter of 2016, with the overall number mirroring figures from 2007.

In its defence, Lenovo has showed double digit growth in the US...

By James Bourne, 12 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Tablet.

Significant growth expected in tablet deployments for retail and hospitality

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The retail and hospitality markets in Europe are expected to ramp up their tablet deployments by 2018, according to the latest research by IDC and Panasonic Business.

According to the report, titled ‘Rethinking Retail: The Tablet Revolution’, more than half of research respondents were already using some tablets. Regarding retail and wholesale organisations, adoption is expected to hit 10% of all computing devices by the end of 2015, with that number expected to grow to 15%...

By James Bourne, 18 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

The iPad Pro and Apple’s enterprise dilemma: Why apps are the key

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With the release of the iPad Pro last week, the big question remains: is it truly enterprise-grade?

Apple, of course, believes it is. Speaking to CIO.com, an ‘unidentified spokesman’ explained how Cupertino wants to “reduce the barriers many business users face in a tablet form factor”, although noting the iPad Pro won’t be a silver bullet for all...

By James Bourne, 16 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Tablet.

Strategy Analytics: BYOD still dominant, enterprises hesitant on large device deployments

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The latest research note from Strategy Analytics has found that BYOD remains the “dominant” type of device, while tablets will continue to replace laptops and enterprises hesitate on large scale device deployments.

The research found business smartphone shipments reaching 89.3 million in Q2, down 3% from the previous quarter but up 16% from this time last year. Tablet shipments went up 2% from Q1 at 19.6m units, arresting a ‘slump’ from the previous few...

By James Bourne, 16 October 2015, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Enterprise tablet adoption just waiting to take off, analyst claims

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In January this year, this correspondent wrote: “If there’s a company at the moment which is changing the face of tablet computing in the enterprise, it’s Microsoft.” Now a report from Strategy Analytics argues the iPad Pro will launch into a surge of enterprise tablet growth – thanks in no small part to the groundwork Microsoft has done with the Surface Pro...

By James Bourne, 27 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Enterprise mobility applications gain traction in Europe

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The mobile communications revolution that has transformed our lives as consumers is now similarly redefining the way forward-looking enterprises manage their operations and engage with employees, partners and customers. The ongoing pursuit of digital business transformation projects are prompting many CIOs to rethink the technologies, services and techniques that underpin their enterprise mobility initiatives - evolving traditional roles, responsibilities and organisational cultures in...

By David H Deans, 03 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

A reassessment of tablets in the enterprise: Where do things stand?

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Late last week, analyst house Gartner published numbers on the state of global tablet computer sales – and it didn’t make for pretty reading.

2012 saw 116 million tablets sold globally; 2013 saw 195m sales. 2014, however only saw 216m shipments, an increase of only 10%. Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal described the drop last year as “alarming”, but with sales of 233m and 259m predicted for 2015 and 2016, it seems like the honeymoon period is certainly...

By James Bourne, 12 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Two in five CEOs say they miss big deadlines due to lack of mobile solutions, report finds

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With the shift in enterprise mobility gaining pace in organisations worldwide, employee and employer expectations are greater. No longer is it an excuse to not deliver a presentation to the board or sign a key contract because you were unable to access the document remotely.

Or is it? From the shop floor to the top floor, organisations are reporting difficulties as their mobility solutions aren’t fleshed out. Nearly half (49%) of CEOs surveyed by workspace provider Soonr said...

By James Bourne, 02 January 2015, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Survey reveals differing demands for consumer and enterprise tablets

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A survey conducted by YouGov on behalf of mobile backend provider FeedHenry has revealed that one in three American employers do not support using personal tablets for work purposes.

The survey, of 1,164 US adults, saw that 39% of respondents had workplaces which took a dim view on using tablets. 19% of those polled said their employer does support workers using BYOD for tablets, 18% said they get...

By James Bourne, 17 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Meru Networks Wi-Fi rollouts aim to support BYOD in education

BYOD in education is an interesting phenomenon. When Enterprise AppsTech’s editorial team was at school, any phones and gadgets were likely to be taken off them, and an immediate appointment in the headmaster’s office beckoned.

Nowadays, it’s the other way round. Schools are actively encouraging kids to bring their own devices to encourage more interactive learning. Back in May, research from Bradford Networks found that 85% of educational...

By James Bourne, 28 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

“Cheap” MDM gives BYOD a bad name

This week, the Wall Street Journal ran an article that basically scares people away from using their smartphone at work, citing anecdotes about people losing all of their personal data on their phone without warning after they left the company. The article says that employers who have a BYOD program generally have employees agree to policies that permit this and warn users of its eventuality, but of course, most employees...

By MobileIron, 27 January 2014, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

PC shipments fall off a cliff in 2013, but will that be the death knell?

Rumours of the PC’s death are not greatly exaggerated, according to the latest predictions from IDC – but after a huge drop this year things will stabilise.

In figures published earlier this week, worldwide PC shipments are expected to fall by 10.1% as 2013 ends – a worse figure than the original forecast of 9.7% fall-off.

Worldwide total PC sales in 2012 were at 349.4m, with the figure this year falling to 314.2m. For desktop PCs, that number dropped from 148.3m to 135.6m.

Interestingly,...

By James Bourne, 04 December 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Analysing the state of tablets in business

Regular readers of my blogs will know that I strongly believe the mobile enterprise is the future, and I believe tablets could become the primary work computing device. It’s not there yet, but it certainly looks like ultra-mobile devices in the 7-12” range are becoming very popular among an increasingly mobile and BYOD-enabled workforce.

The challenges to tablet adoption

It’s clear why smartphone usage took off in the enterprise: staff replaced their private feature phones with smartphones,...

By David Akka, 24 October 2013, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Tablet.

Analysing the 5 best enterprise features of iOS 7

With iOS 7 now fully available, Enterprise AppsTech looks at the best enterprise features of the new Apple OS, and how it shapes up elsewhere

It’s long been speculated that iOS 7, the latest update from Cupertino, has been built with the enterprise in mind.

That may not be strictly true, as Apple would be mad not to have its consumer share as first push – but there’s definitely a gap in the enterprise market that is waiting to be plugged.

And for Jony Ive, Tim Cook and company, there’s...

By James Bourne, 18 September 2013, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, MDM, Security, Tablet.

Is the PC really dead? Intel doesn't think so

Intel Says The PC Is Not Dead: What Might The Future Of Personal Computing Look Like?

I am known for being a mobile enthusiast: I currently own seven mobile devices between tablets and smartphones, and I recently bought a Sony Vaio Duo hybrid laptop/tablet.

While I may look like Mr. Mobile, the truth is that what really excites me isn’t mobile, but innovation, so when I saw Intel CEO Brian Krzanich’s comment that PCs are alive and...

By David Akka, 17 September 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Tablet.