This IDC study provides a high-level, comprehensive forecast for tablet adoption (e.g., installed base) in U.S. small and medium-sized businesses. It contains 2011 actual data and 2012–2016 forecast tablet unit shipments adopted within SMBs. The data is segmented by company size: micro (fewer than 10 employees), small (fewer than 100 employees), midsize (fewer than 1,000 employees), and large/enterprise (1,000+ employees). The data is also segmented by deployment policy type: corporate purchased (for employee use) or bring your own device (BYOD). A comparison with enterprises (firms with more than 10,000 employees) adoption is also provided. This study does not include SMB usage of PCs, notebooks, Ultrabooks, or smartphones.
"Business tablet usage in SMBs has grown dramatically in the few short years these devices have been available. The challenge for IT managers will be to develop a usage policy that can harness the value tablets and mobile applications can provide, without creating redundant resource allocation; increase costs; and compromise security and company data," Chris Chute, research director, SMB.