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From the report:
Tech Pro Research conducted an online survey to explore how and which tablets are being used in the enterprise, what strengths and/or weaknesses they entail and how they may impact traditional computer use/purchasing. This survey attracted 203 respondents from many parts of the world across a diverse array of business sectors.
Throughout our survey we found some of the following key points:
- Most companies not only permit the use of tablets, but also buy them for employees.
- Certain departments such as sales, IT and administration are more oriented towards tablet use and thus are seeing greater gains from them.
- Tablets and PCs each have certain advantages; portability for tablets and the use of multiple monitors for PCs, for instance.
- Companies are using tablets for business functions such as email, internet access and calendaring. Note-taking and e-reading are also strong showings. Security, inventory and order management are not widespread tablet functions just yet.
- Apple is the strongest tablet player with Microsoft Surface also enjoying a reasonably good showing.
- Tablets are encroaching upon the usage of traditional computers, but not necessarily cutting into PC purchases — they are helping to offload or complement desktop functions, but the PC is still a player in this game.
It’s not all wine and roses for tablets just yet: some companies have concerns about security or else don’t see a clear need for tablet use, and hence they are not necessarily deemed essential hardware across the board.