updated 02:00 pm EDT, Wed March 30, 2011
Gartner says iPad, tablets helping save IT costs
Gartner in a study credited tablets, primarily the iPad, to saving tech spending in 2011. Apple and the others following it into the field would help boost IT spending this year by 5.6 percent, to $3.6 trillion. Without them, spending would have gone slightly down, research VP Richard Gordon said.
Analysts also predicted that spending on tablets would swell dramatically in the next four years. It would more than triple this year, from $9.6 billion to $29.4 billion, and would grow at an average rate of 52 percent every year through 2015.
The arrival also helped offset concerns about revolutions in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, and elsewhere possibly dampening the results.
The prediction if accurate would point to tablets like the iPad becoming increasingly important to business, not just home users. Companies like Dell have claimed that Windows tablets would prevail but also have a vested interest in protecting their established corporate deals. The iPad in 2010 alone outsold all Windows Tablet PCs ever made and had significant play in business despite its mobile OS and lack of expansion.