While smartphones have been integrated the workplace for years, it’s now becoming apparent that tablets are the next big corporate trend. According to the most recent survey of U.S. and European CIOs conducted by Toni Sacconaghi of Bernstein Research, there is a strong increase in corporate support and issuance of tablets.
This is good news for tablet manufacturers but especially good news for Microsoft. The survey found that 81% of CIOs issue or plan to issue Microsoft Windows tablets, which is up a dramatic 25% from just six months ago, which is nearly in line with iPads according to the survey.
According to Sacconaghi, the move toward Windows-based tablets is top-down rather than bottom-up. He pointed out:
“This is not being driven by users per se. It?s being driven by IT departments saying we?re going to issue these devices. If you had polled employees at companies and said what mobile device do you prefer, most would not say Windows tablets.”
The Rising Tide Isn’t Lifting All Boats
There’s bad news for Google in this survey. Sacconaghi said, “Plans for Android tablet issuance lags meaningfully, and fell to 15% from 23% in our last survey.”
Another loser is makers of PCs. The survey indicated that 50% of CIOs think increasing numbers of tablets will result in fewer desktop computers in offices — that figure was 29% in May of last year.
Bernstein Research surveyed 150 individuals and the results prompted him to cut his outlook for 2013 IT Spending Growth to a two percent rate, down from his initial estimate of between three and four percent.