Tablets continue to intrigue small businesses

Tablets continue to intrigue small businesses

Summary: Survey surprise as new data suggests tablets may already be more popular than notebook computers among small-business owners.


It is getting harder and harder to ignore the impact that tablet technology will have on small-business information technology priorities.

The latest data comes from Newtek Business Services, which just released some statistics suggesting that tablets are already more widely used than notebooks among independent business owners.

The research, which reflects the responses of 1,100 businesses (Newtek doesn't specify the size), found that 28 percent of them are already using a tablet, compared with 19 percent who are using notebook computers and 17 percent who are using desktop computers.

As far as future intentions, 55 percent of the respondents said they were open to "using a tablet in the future." Although I need to point out that number of people who said no to that idea wasn't exactly small at 45 percent.

As far as future purchases, the respondents were almost equally inclined to buy a notebook or a tablet. Approximately 45 percent said they planned to buy a tablet as their next technology purchase, while 41 percent planned to buy a notebook or laptop. The number planning to buy a desktop computer was pretty small, at 14 percent.

My gut tells me that most of the people who responded to this survey are actually using more than one of these devices in combination in order to get their jobs done.

But the point is that tablets continue to intrigue small-business owners, which means more attention needs to be paid to security, management, and data backup issues. This data is more evidence of that trend.

Topics: Laptops, Hardware, Mobility, Tablets, SMBs

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  • So what they're saying is that

    28% use a tablet exclusively, 19% use a laptop exclusively, 17% use a desktop exclusively, with 36% using various combonation of the other 3 items.

    You're right, it would be interesting to see what the businesses are, as that would definately help define what many feel what device is best suited for what type of business.
    William Farrel
  • I know of two...

    I know of 2 people who were assigned tablets by their company...

    The first is a Lady who does inspections of client sites for a cleaning company and she was offered a choice of tablets... She went with the Asus Transformer (said she was used to Android from her phone and couldn't get used to the iPad).

    The second manages a security crew and his Job assigned him a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. No choice was given, these were their standard tablets.
  • Interesting

    Not surprising. Demand is exceeding technology at the moment. Security and data back up certainly need to catch up quick. Asus transformer is a landmark change in terms of hardware for ipad alternatives. Will be interesting to watch windows 8 impact but afraid their decision to not enable security features on ARM will backfire on increased use of iPad and android, attempting to secure them instead. With the Nokia purchase, was seriously joping for something standardised to really blow apple out the water in the business world, but perhaps we are yet to be surprised on that front?..
  • Save the trees!

    I think MS should push Windows 8 tablets throughout businesses, as the new platform for consuming and managing documents - in lieu of physical paper. Therefore instead of documents being printed out and physically distributed, the documents could be distributed and read on tablets. This, I believe, would lead to documents becoming more interactive, collaborative, etc. The tablets should be able to support scenarios like a person handwriting a note, and distributing it to people on his contact list via several optional services.

    In many scenarios, tablets could be supplementary to desktop PCs in the workplace, or could come in the form of hybrids, displacing laptops. In the former scenario, tablet adoption wouldn't impact the logistics of Windows 7 adoption, and could help push businesses heavily towards Windows 8 and Windows 9 on desktop and all-in-one PCs.
    P. Douglas
  • Good article....

    The Post PC revolution is truly underway
  • RE: Tablets

    The PC revolution continues