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SMBs to Arm Workforce with Tablets in 2012

SMBs to Arm Workforce with Tablets in 2012

by MaaS360 staff | December 30, 2011

While the best of us remain pondering about a good new year's resolution, Small & Medium Business leadership seem to have theirs all figured out. Based on the NPD Group's latest report, businesses with 1,000 employees (or less) plan to invest in tablets in a big way over the next twelve months. And this isn't a trend among few; roughly three quarters (73%) of SMBs are on-board.

Here are the major findings from the survey...

The percentage of SMBs that intend to purchase tablets in 2012:

- 54% of <50 employee companies - 70% of 50-200 employee companies - 81% of 201-500 employee companies - 89% of 501-999 employee companies

The percentage of SMBs that plan to increase or maintain spending:

- 88% of <50 employee companies - 83% of 50-200 employee companies - 91% of 201-500 employee companies - 90% of 501-999 employee companies

The amount that will be spent on tablets in 2012:

- $1,912 per <50 employee company - $10,122 per 50-200 employee company - $27,031 per 201-500 employee company - $38,749 per 501-999 employee company

Aside from these staggering figures pulled from their survey, NPD also found that the "iPad purchase preference is higher among larger firms than smaller ones, which is an important indicator that Apple is gaining traction far outside its typical consumer space.”

If this sounds like your company, keep your eyes peeled for new iPads this year. These spending projections speak volumes about the consumerization of IT, and the prevalence of mobile device use in the workplace. Are you fit to handle this influx of tablets? Register for our webinar on January 5th and learn the best practices for enabling iPhones and iPads at work.

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