Shipments of tablets set to overtake PCs

Shipments of tablets set to overtake PCs

Tablet devices are set to surpass the number of laptop shipments later this year, and the PC market as a whole by 2015, according to a report from the International Data Corporation.

The findings have warned that the need for IT managers to implement a successful mobile device management (MDM) and bring your own device policy (BYOD) has become greater than ever before, and those that fail to do so could be leaving themselves exposed to vulnerability.

IDC has subsequently forecast that global PC shipments are now expected to fall by up to 7.8 per cent over the next year, as more users and companies are beginning to look for alternatives such as tablets and smartphones, in order to satisfy their computing needs.

In terms of business users, the main reason being cited to explain the figures is the increasing use of BYOD in the workplace.

A statement released by IDC claimed that within firms employing over ten people, 25 per cent had purchased their own device to use for work purposes, and that a significant amount of corporate PC orders will now be scrapped.

IDC's program vice president of worldwide quarterly PC trackers Loren Loverde said in a statement: "Many users are realising that everyday computing, such as accessing the web, connecting to social media, sending emails, as well as using a variety of apps, doesn't require a lot of computing power or local storage.

"Instead, they are putting a premium on access from a variety of smaller devices with longer battery life, an instant-on function, and intuitive touch-centric interfaces."

It is not the first time an organisation has suggested that the decline of PCs may be a long-term trend.

Last month, the IT research and advisory firm Gartner predicted that the increasing trend of companies embracing BYOD and implementing MDM would boost the number of mobile device shipments in 2013 by nine per cent, while the PC market would decline by 7.6 per cent.