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Gartner: Tablets and mobile apps set to change the PC landscape

by Doug Drinkwater

December 1 2011

Gartner’s predictions report for the future of IT organizations discovers to what extent consumerization is affecting conventional PC use.

The report claims that at least 50% of enterprise email users will rely on a browser, tablet or mobile client, instead of a desktop, by 2016, due mainly to the increasing comfort of using a mobile device and a browser for enterprise applications.

The study also claims that mobile app development projects (for smartphones and tablets) will outnumber the number of native PC projects by 4:1 in 2015.

Further adding to this point, Gartner believes that smartphones and tablets will represent more than 90% of new net growth in device adoption in the coming four years, and believes that this will result in most client-side applications being made mobile only or mobile first.

Gartner’s report also highlighted the rise of cloud computing, with the research company predicting that more than 50% of Global 1000 companies will have customer-sensitive data stored in a public cloud by the end of 2016.

A full list of this year’s predictions can be found at www.gartner.com/predicts.

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