It is impossible to deny that the tablet has become an important tool in the IT channel. As the functionality of the devices advance and other systems like the cloud become more effective, mobility is shifting to become the "new norm" in the business world. The sales numbers are starting to show it.
According to a recent Gartner study, tablets are well on their way to surpassing desktops and PCs as the dominant computing system around the world. The portable devices are projected to experience a 67.9 percent increase in annual growth by the end of 2013. By comparison, desktop and laptop sales will experience a drop of 10.6 percent year-on-year.
"Mobility is paramount in both mature and emerging markets," Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi said in a statement.
Looking at the actual sales numbers, computers are projected to decrease by nearly 35 million when compared to the end of 2012, falling from 341.2 million to 305.1 million. The tablet market, on the other hand, will experience a year-on-year increase of over 80 million units, topping 200 million by the end of 2013. Continued speculation puts tablet sales surpassing computers sales by the end of 2014.
An additional survey from IDC predicts similar numbers, with tablet growth climbing 58.7 percent and reaching peak adoption levels by 2015.
The use of tablets in the workplace and bring-your-own-device practices are helping push these sales figures. Companies that have yet to adopt these solutions are likely to turn to the VAR and MSP communities to provide Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions. VAR Staffing can help any VAR or MSP climb to the top of the preferred vendor list with the impactful and experienced talent clients look for to get solutions put in place quickly.