26 Oct 2011

Death of the PC?

It’s 30 years since IBM launched its first personal computer, the IBM 5150, and Mark Dean – a veteran PC engineer at IBM – has been saying that IBM’s decision to exit the PC space by selling to Lenovo in 2005 has been proved right.

According to Dean, we’ve entered a post-PC era, with PCs soon to go the way of the vacuum tube and the typewriter.

Supporting his analysis is the fact that growth rates in PC shipments have come in lower than expected midway through 2011. According to IDC, PC shipments grew by only 2.7 in the second quarter, while Gartner has slashed its 2011 PC growth expectation in half (from just over 9% to just below 4%).

The cause, of course, is the rise of the tablet and the smartphone – devices that are supplanting the PC by providing more than adequate functionality for many uses.

But, for the foreseeable future, calls that the PC is dead seem premature.

From a spreadsheet to a report, almost any productive task still requires (or can be achieved faster with) a PC.

And PCs haven’t stopped evolving either, with desktop virtualistation promising to deliver easier desktop provisioning and hot-desking while reducing total cost of ownership – with typical ROIs of between six months to two years.

For more information about whether desktop virtualisation is right for your business, or for a simple PC upgrade, why not get in contact with our procurement team.

Stephen Sims is General Manager Sales & Marketing, Brennan IT

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