SMB Tablet Shipments To Show Over 50% Growth By 2015

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 15, 2014


Mobile and Cloud adoption in the mid-market segment will increase from 30% in 2013 to over 45% the next five years, says a recent AMI-Partners study. Within these segments, tablet shipments are likely to witness a whopping 50% growth in the next one year.

“Mobility-related investments have emerged as fast-growing areas in terms of adoption and investments, driven by the spiraling rise in tablet and smartphone shipments and increase in data plan,” states Dev Chakravarty, Research Manager at AMI India. According to him, the combined tablet and smartphone shipments in SMBs have already outpaced traditional PC shipments that currently make up only 45% of the hardware shipment. In the next five years, the share of tablets and smartphones is anticipated to escalate to 70%, as the contribution of PCs gradually drops further.

The study also notes that the share of hosted or cloud components expenditure will also rise at the expense of on-premise solutions. The growing usage of hosted servers clearly illustrates this point.

“Hosted servers are making significant in-roads, owing to their multiple benefits of lower costs, fewer management hassles, no need to maintain a datacenter, and hence the share of on-premise server spending is gradually on the decline, says Chakravarty.

The rise of SaaS software and an escalation in remote managed IT services (RMITS) component is leading to a drop in the on-premise service and support expenditure. 

Increased adoption of cloud and mobility-related technologies, a shift towards bring your own device (BYOD), and a need to manage mobile devices will see the expansion of a strong IT security infrastructure within the SMB portfolio. In terms of future security-related trends, technologies that SMBs are planning on implementing include data loss prevention, anti-spyware, website filtering and VPN. 

Virtualization is another key technology that holds significant promise within India SMBs, states AMI-partners. A segment-wise trend shows that usage of virtualization is just at an embryonic stage within the small businesses. However, mid-sized companies are increasingly adopting desktop and server virtualization technologies. AMI analysis shows that server virtualization spending among Indian SMBs is anticipated to grow at a faster rate than desktop virtualization within the next five years and companies such as VMware, Citrix and Microsoft have a defining role to play to increase awareness and adoption of this technology across businesses in the country.