Ahh, tablets. Those plucky youngsters came on the scene in 2010 and almost immediately evolved from fashionable status symbol to mainstream consumer tool. Last year, Forrester estimated that tablets will outsell PCs by 2016 and OnlineClasses.org found that one in four people said they were already using tablets as their primary computing device... at home.
But what about at work? I won't rehash all the reasons we've all made for why tablets will never replace PCs in the workplace -- I said all those things on Tuesday, and we'll surely pick up that conversation again on tomorrow's video show. Instead, I'll simply ask: what are your plans?
In our new E2 Poll, we ask, "Will tablets become users' primary computing devices at your organization?" Your options are:
- Yes, tablets are already our users' primary devices
- Yes, within one year
- Yes, within five years
- Don't know
Take the poll now and then let us know why you answered in the way you did.
If your users are already using tablets in lieu of PCs -- or at least using their tablets more heavily than they're using PCs -- tell us about these users. What are their jobs? Does their work require them to travel frequently? Do they need to create a lot of content or do they mainly just use their equipment for content consumption and writing emails? What kinds of applications do they rely upon?
If you answered that you expect that tablets will become your users' primary device within the next five years, describe where you are in your deployment. Have you begun to research or test any specific devices? Are you waiting for certain applications to be developed for your tablet platform of choice (or developing your own applications for tablet platforms)? Have you selected which users will be your first test subjects? Are your users already using tablets, but only as a supplement to a desktop or laptop client?
Or are you no closer to issuing tablets, but are simply guessing that five years from now you'll have made the move?
And while we're at it, let's look into the future. Five years from now will tablets already be a thing of the past -- a dusty, crusty, artifact that's only charm is that it inspires techie nostalgia? Will we have already moved on to something else, and if so, what might that something else be?
We're looking forward to your take on tablets. Take the poll now and tell us your predictions in the comments below.