09 June 2011 08:44:42
Total shipments of personal computers for 2011 are forecasted to be slightly weaker than previously expected, according to Gartner Research, thanks in part to the changing relationship between the consumer and enterprise markets.
"Consumer mobile PCs are no longer driving growth, because of sharply declining consumer interest in mini-notebooks. Mini-notebook shipments have noticeably contracted over the last several quarters, and this has substantially reduced overall mobile PC unit growth," Gartner research director Ranjit Atwal said.
Given the rapidly rising profile of cloud computing services in the business IT world, the broadening of the computer market to include mobile devices and other form factors seen by Gartner is not entirely surprising, experts say.
Nevertheless, the company stated that there will be little direct replacement of PCs by smartphones and tablets. Rather, such devices are seen as complementary, rather than supplementary, to full-featured computers.
For IT departments, the proliferation of new device types and the continued need to maintain high levels of PC security will pose the central challenge as more important business functions move into the cloud.
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