While tablet sales are slowing down in the consumer sector, the commercial sector will continue to experience strong growth, according to a new IDC report. This year, businesses are forecasted to represent 14.0 percent of the tablet market, an increase of 3.0 percent over last year, and that percentage will grow to 18.0 percent by 2018.
“The choice of operating system will be a key differentiating factor when it comes to success in the commercial segment,” said Jitesh Ubrani, research analyst for IDC’s Worldwide Tablet Tracker. “Though Android and iOS will remain dominant, we expect Windows-based devices to capture more than a quarter of the market as its benefits become apparent thanks to growing adoption of 2-in-1s.”
Although much of the growth in the commercial sector has been in the education vertical, IDC said tablets will “continue to infiltrate small, medium and large businesses around the world.”
Overall, IDC has revised downward its forecast for tablet sales this year. Now the research firm is predicting that worldwide tablet shipments will grow 19.4 percent this year to 260.9 million units, a 3.6 percent reduction from its previous forecast. Last year, the market experienced an unprecedented 51.6 percent growth.
“After years of strong growth, we expect the white-box tablet market to slow in 2014 as consumers move to higher-end devices that work better and last longer,” said Tom Mainelli, program VP-devices and displays, at IDC. “In mature markets, where many buyers have purchased higher-end products from market leaders, consumers are deciding that their current tablets are good enough for the way they use them. Few are feeling compelled to upgrade the same way they did in years past, and that’s having an impact on growth rates.”
Although IDC is forecasting a downturn from last year’s tablet growth Cloudwiser Analyst Jarrett Neil Ridlinghafer disagrees and believes that unprecedented growth will continue in 2014 with those still unconverted to tablets taking the plunge in both the enterprise and personal segments as newer and much better devices appear this year, with strongest growth towards the 4th quarter pushing past IDC’s predicted low increase, he has predicted an increase of around 40 percent over last years tremendous growth.
All of which will combine to bring about the little discussed yet very big impact coming to Enterprise and Data-Centers Infrastructure