I came across this presentation, from Karan Bhujbal in India, that has some interesting statistics about how, where, and to what extent people are connecting with tablets.
My favorite slide is number 26, at the end, which plots tablets on the Gartner Hype Cycle. Developed by the analyst firm, the Gartner Hype Cycle is “a graphic representation of the maturity and adoption of technologies and applications, and how they are potentially relevant to solving real business problems and exploiting new opportunities.”
According to the slide, tablets right now are pretty close to the top of the “Peak of Inflated Expectations.” If this is true, we’re in a tablet bubble that’s set to burst during the first quarter of 2013. After that, the field of providers should narrow, kinks will be worked out, and the tablet will begin to find its true place in the enterprise.
I’m not sure I’m convinced that tablets will take a deep dive downward in 2013, because we’re already finding important uses for tablets at work.
Even the above presentation shows the opportunity. Slide 18, for example, reveals that tablets are still a home-based technology: More than 80 percent of primary tablet usage is literally in the home, with slightly more than 10 percent “on the go” and less than 10 percent at “work.” To me, this presents a huge opportunity for tablets in the workplace. As consumers get more familiar with the form factor, they’ll want to bring them to the office just like they’re doing with their smartphones.
Slide 19 is also interesting to me, because it shows that people are comfortable using tablets for productive pursuits like writing, working with spreadsheets, and managing and editing video. Frankly, I’m surprised how close tablets are to computers in these categories, even edging them out when it comes to video and spreadsheets.
We all know that media consumption is a tablet’s strong suit, and this is validated on slide 20. I firmly believe that tablets are going to have a significant impact on the distribution of employee training manuals and other written or recorded material that needs to be consumed. Programs that let you scan corporate documents and bundle them into an e-book format are made for the tablet form factor.
Time will certainly tell us how tablets perform as a productivity tool for enterprises and SMBs. Do you agree with the assessment on slide 26? If not, where do you think tablets should be placed on the Gartner Hype Cycle?
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