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Posted by Ted Schadler on January 5, 2011
No need to revisit the success of iPad. The millions of units sold since April speaks for itself. While most of these have been purchased at retail, many buyers use their tablets for work, often sponsored or supported by an enlightened IT organization. 2011 will be a big year for iPad in the enterprise.
But what about the countless number of tablets from other manufacturers? These anything-but-iPad (ABi) tablets promise enticing characteristics that Content & Collaboration professionals cherish, things like Flash media support, enterprise app stores, and sometimes greatly enhanced security (as RIM’s Playbook will have) or deep links to the unified communications infrastructure (as Cisco’s Cius will have) or full Microsoft Office support (as HP’s Slate will have).
How will these ABi tablets fare in the enterprise in 2011? Fair to partly cloudy, I fear. Three gating factors will slow enterprise adoption:
All three factors will slow down the adoption of ABi tablets in the enterprise, while iPad's growth is assured. On the other hand, it’s early going in the tablet market, and there will be opportunity for many suppliers. Our updated forecast (available to Forrester customers) is for the US tablet market alone to grow rapidly to reach 82 million tablet owners by 2015. As IT professionals, you are wise to:
What are your expectations? Will ABi tablets succeed in the enterprise in 2011?
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