NoTablet Corporate Impact For Years Says Analysts

Tablet computers are not ready for the enterprise according to Intel.

Speaking at the opening keynote of IDF 2010 Intel's chief executive Paul Otellini said that while tablet computers were an important new factor in the computing sphere they would not have an impact in the corporate world for another two years.

"The tablet form factor is evolving and being additive to the computing sphere," he said.

"But it's a content consumption device, and is likely to stay that way because of I/O limitations."

He said that there was considerable overlap between smartphone use and tablets, pointing out that large amounts of data is ported between to the two platforms. In addition enterprises were showing few indications of support for tablet computing/

However, analysts have disputed this assessment of the platform.

"It's not that the tablet isn't ready for enterprise," Jon Collins, managing director of analyst house Freeform Dynamics told

"It's that enterprise isn't ready for the tablet."

He pointed out that Microsoft had tried to push tablets as a a part of its Windows everywhere strategy, for perfectly understandable reasons, at the start of the decade. However, enterprise systems were still lagging.

Plenty of managers used tablets he said, but lacked the infrastructure to support their hardware choices.

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