Ahead of its upcoming EMEA conference, channel association CompTIA has suggested that a "three device system" will become the norm in most businesses in the near future, with tablets and smartphones unlikely to replace PCs altogether in the SME market.
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The research - which aims to help give some insight into the evolution of the SME technology landscape over the next 12 months - may give hope that is still some mileage in the PC business, but stands in contrast to the opinions of many.
Just this week, a Gartner report mooted the idea that tablet technology would begin to be incorporated into PCs and the devices would eventually effectviely merge.
However CompTIA believes that although tablets are indeed well on the way to becoming a prevalent business tool, most current usage simply exploits their convenient nature, with a majority of respondents to the association's survey planning to use tablets mostly for work while travelling, making presentations or note taking.
Only 5% of SMEs have purchased tablets to replace smartphones or PCs, said CompTIA.
The research also showed that 18% of UK SMEs were using cloud solutions and a further 30% planned to introduce them. An overwhelming majority of businesses that had moved to cloud said they found the transition easy and 79% reported positive results.
The report also looked into social media, where 81% of SMEs now claimed to have some sort of strategy and 61% said they had seen a positive return on their investment, and green IT, which remains at the bottom of the pile as far as emerging trends go, with just 12% of SMEs saying they had adopted some sort of environmental policy.