By 2014, your office will have more Apple iPad users than those totin' a BlackBerry smartphone

By 2014, your office will have more Apple iPad users than those totin' a BlackBerry smartphone
it might seem like a flip comment to say that there will be more Apple iPads than BlackBerry handsets in the enterprise space by 2014. After all, it wasn't that long ago that any pinstriped executive worth his Armani suit and car service had a BlackBerry smartphone in his (or her) pocket. The Apple iPhone? Most business executives back then figured it was a toy. But now, things have changed and businesses are dropping the BlackBerry for the Apple iPad. And instead of some Joe off the street commenting on the situation, it's Peter Sondergaard, senior vice president of research at Gartner who is making this prediction.

The BlackBerry smartphone is being replaced in the enterprise by the Apple iPad

The BlackBerry smartphone is being replaced in the enterprise by the Apple iPad

According to Sondergaard, tablets are invading the enterprise and we don't mean the Star Trek ship (or else we'd capitalize it!). He says that CIO's are ordering Apple iPads by the tens of thousands which shouldn't be terribly shocking since the slate now meets the enterprise-level security requirements. In addition, the BYOD movement has probably sped up BlackBerry's demise as many just figured that since they use iOS at home, why not use it in the office as well. Even a company in tune with cutting edge software like SAP has a "fleet" of 18,000 Apple iPads that it manages. This is where business is heading says the Gartner executive.

Sondergaard predicts that in two years, 20% of sales organizations will use tablets as the primary mobile platform for their sales force in the field. By 2018, he sees 70% of mobile workers using a tablet or a hybrid-type device. Not bad for a product that no one really cared about just three years ago.

source: AllThingsD

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1. twens

Posts: 1167; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

not that i am against ipads success or anything. i just feel people or companies who really know more about tech and features will go in for the surface when it releases. i see more than half of ipad users trading in their ipads for a surface. with phones like galaxy note 2 and galaxy s3 around the use of mobile os on a tablet doesnt make sense any more. all i need is a big screen android phone and a surface. i will be covered in all areas

3. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

well said. in few months the surface will replace the ipad for business. lets be honest, the surface can do a lot more than the ipad (and I mean ALOT). unless apple decided to produce ipad pro (with OSX) they don't stand a chance to dominate the market by the release of the surface. what is the advantage of the ipad over the iphone, or any android flagship device? nothing except big screen. however, some phones are more powerful than the ipad, simple example is the iphone, thats why the surface will dominate the business world very soon. and android and apple will share the rest of the market

5. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Don't be surprised if Apple copies the idea of "Pro" version. But even then as Office productivity stuff Apple is more favoured by media/entertainment setup. Not by organizations in general.

6. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

This article is written based of research. Your comment is based off opinion dude. I guess we'll see in 3 months huh?

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"in few months the surface will replace the ipad for business." I'm not sure about that because business people are too much worried about brand names and they may choice iPad just because of Apple logo on it.

8. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

in my company there are already more tablets then BB. For a phone first choice of people in my company is the original Note and now its the Note 2 with the Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4s (not iphone 5!) coming in at a close second. And you're right the surface tabletss will be the most complete tablet for functionality automatically making it the preferred choice for corporate users.

2. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

If we are looking at workplace (or office) it will be Windows Tablet for sure.

4. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

wow excuse after excuse.. just accept the fact that people have choices and they have chosen Apple.. since that is what they have at home...

7. sithvenger

Posts: 371; Member since: Aug 25, 2012

Some people don't understand that there's market share to go around. Apple will do no less due to Microsoft and surface. They'll continue to thrive, just as they've done with androids climb. Billions of people on earth, iOS, android, and windows will all have some pie to eat.

16. android_hitman unregistered

who are you? are you a New Apple Troll? you are everywhere.... dude ...please .. less comments more reading .....gallitoking....

17. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

Gallitoking is an old apple troll and a crap one at that. He don't respond to your comments if you upset him either lol like the iPhone 5 he is fragile.

10. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

We have gone with tablets over iPads, but I hear from our IT that they waiting for the Slates before the next major purchase/roll out.

11. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Whoever this dude Peter Sondergaard whatsoever is, should chill and wait until BB10 launches next year not concluding as if he is a future teller.

12. cameogt

Posts: 88; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

i suppose Gartner did this research and conclude without having in mind the upcoming tablet player. (MS Surface). pretty stupid for a company like Gartner (specially, Peter Sondergaard).

13. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

They will revise their analysis once Windows Tablet and also UBUNTU On NEXUS (this will happen sooner or later) picks up ... will have another analysis on failed analyisis of why offices are having less ipads than ever before :)

14. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i think windows tablet will do the work done and the playbook too! but playbook works at its best with a blackberry smartphone!

15. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Not in MY office! No apple products allowed!

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

if i was in a office i would never touch a apple product. i would either use a android or windows tablet but android as my man phone.

19. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Unfortunately it's true, Apple product is almost everywhere in an office enviornment.

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