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March 2014, Volume 3, Issue 3

Why IT can't ignore tablet computers

Can tablet computers really replace desktops? No! Does that mean you can ignore them? Also no. There has been a lot of talk recently about the "death of the PC" -- typically grouped in with conversations about the rise of the tablet. Sure, no one can argue with tablets' sales numbers. (According to IDC, tablet growth fell last quarter to 62% from 87% a year ago. How crazy is that? Tablet growth is only 62%!) Many IT pros roll their eyes when they read things like this. "Tablets can never replace PCs," they say. "There's no keyboard. The apps are crippled. You can't do real work on them!" I totally agree, which is why you're not going to stop managing desktops anytime soon. Unfortunately, the penetration of tablet computers into the enterprise won't subside either, so the real statement is, "You're not going to stop managing desktops anytime soon -- oh, and you also have to manage tablets." Dang. It's so tempting to ignore tablets, but unfortunately ignoring them doesn't make them go away. Embracing tablets means that at least ...

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