Tablets in the Enterprise

gartner136.gifThere’s a useful press release at Gartner that explains how enterprise apps are moving to tablets. Worldwide media tablet sales will total 63.6 million units in 2011, a 261.4 percent increase from 2010 sales of 17.6 million units. Gartner predict that tablet sales will continue to experience strong growth through to the end of 2015 when sales are forecast to reach 326.3 million units.

For mobile developers, the main areas of opportunity are…

  • Sales automation systems for customer collateral, sales presentations, and ordering systems
  • Business intelligence: analytical and performance applications with management dashboards
  • Containerised email to separate corporate messaging environments from personal email
  • Collaboration applications for meetings
  • File utilities for sharing and document distribution
  • General corporate/government enterprise applications for CRM, ERP, SCM and messaging
  • Medical support systems for doctors, nurses, and physical therapists
  • Hosted virtual desktop agents to provide secure remote operations of traditional desktop applications and environments
  • Social networking applications with intelligent business insight
  • Board books for secure document and report distribution