What Kind Of PCs Will Your Business Buy In 2015?

We live in a world where most employed people own a smartphone, but that doesn't mean that we're ready to abandon computers in the workplace just yet. What do statistics suggest will be the dominant trends in PC purchases for business this year?

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Gartner's recently-released first-quarter sales figures for PCs worldwide provide some indication. While global sales were down 5.2 per cent compared to the first quarter last year, that doesn't necessarily sound the death knell for PCs. Sales last year were boosted because many companies were finally migrating from Windows XP and purchasing new hardware at the same time.

The major growth areas are in mobile devices, particularly hybrids. As Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa noted in a statement announcing the figures:

Mobile PCs, including notebooks, hybrid and Windows tablets, grew compared with a year ago . . . Mobile PCs are being driven by a separate underlying replacement cycle, which led mobile growth in the first quarter. PC replacements will be driven by thin and light notebooks with tablet functionality. Our early study suggests strong growth of hybrid notebooks, especially in mature markets, in 1Q15.

Australia definitely qualifies as a mature market, so we can expect to see that hybrid trend here. This would also be consistent with a decline in sales for standalone tablets, which are useful but aren't devices most businesses or individuals feel compelled to replace regularly.

Manufacturer Q1 2015 Shipments Q1 2015 Market Share (%) Q1 2014 Shipments Q1 2014 Market Share (%) YOY Growth (%)
Lenovo 13,584 18.9 12,846 17 5.7
HP 12,442 17.3 12,143 16 2.5
Dell 9,038 12.6 9,527 12.6 -5.1
ASUS 5,306 7.4 5,462 7.2 -2.9
Acer 5,183 7.2 5,562 7.3 -6.8
Others 26,179 36.5 30,153 39.8 -13.2
Total 71,733 100 75,694 100 -5.2

One other issue with this data: it's becoming increasingly difficult to define what a "PC" is. These figures don't include Chromebooks or sub-10-inch Windows tablets, though both might well replace PCs in some environments.


Comments

    What Kind Of PCs Will Your Business Buy In 2015?
    I'm working for a government department, so none. My seven year old PC must have a few more years in it yet.

    An update from Windows XP to Windows 7 has been rumoured for the last 12 months though!

      Not much better in a big firm. My Notebook is just over 5 years old. I've had to justify replacement despite it being 2 years out of the service period. Oh and I've been waiting 6 weeks for the replacement with an estimated 2 weeks to go.

    Trying to convince my boss to have every work station in the office fitted with dual monitors, speakers, bluetooth keyboard and mouse all connected to a surface dock. With all employees getting a surface pro 3.

    Imagine that? An office where ANYONE can take their workstation to ANY desk (Let alone any where) and continue where they left off...

    thats the future IMO considering most offices i go to use 5+ year old machines with i3 equivalents at best.

    i5 surface should suffice nicely

      I can see why your boss might be a bit wary. I'm a fan of the surface line, but if your office is over 15-ish people there's a tonne of questions to be answered and options to consider before you dive headfirst into it.

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