Nobody could have failed to notice the explosion in tablet devices this year, whilst Apple’s iPad remains the market leader at the moment, Kindle Fire, Surface and Nexus are all snapping at Apple’s heels attempting to knock them off their perch.
According to new research from Forrester , since the beginning of the "tablet era” 84m iPads have been sold and overall as many as 120m tablet devices have been sold. This shows no sign of slowing and Forrester predict that by 2016 three-quarters of a billion tablets will be used.
Whilst many may use tablet devices as nothing more than a gadget, increasingly, employees are opting to use them for BYOD schemes at work. Around one-third of tablets will be purchased for employees and this comes in line with Forrester predictions that the PC market would be overtaken by portable devices with the ability to access the internet on the move back in 2007.
Now of course this has come to pass, along with faster internet speeds, the cloud and more business applications are being developed all the time. This means that workers now have the flexibility to work from anywhere and with the rise of collaboration tools and videoconferencing, this is becoming easier than ever.
According to Forrester, companies "are getting tablet fever as 82% of firms report interest in using tablets” and more than half the IT CIOs questioned said they intend to increase spending by a minimum of 10% in 2013.
This means that we’re likely to see more in the way of telecommuting and connecting remotely to the office. For videoconferencing,which has been struggling as a market of late, this can only be a good thing.
Using an enterprise videoconferencing solution is the only real way that enterprises can overcome problems such as quality and security so the boost to tablet and portable devices equal a push in the videoconferencing market too.
The boost to the videoconferencing market couldn’t really come at a better time if the analysts are proved correct. Additionally, the flexibility of the cloud means that Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) could prove to be the perfect solution for many businesses floundering in videoconferencing as they will have no real outlay to begin with.As the festive season draws closer, employees are bound to be receiving something tablet-shaped in their stockings, so watch out for what could be a boom in videoconferencing next year.