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Enterprise Tablet Demand Set To 'Explode' In 2011, Says Survey

The demand for tablet devices in organisations is set to "explode" next year, a new enterprise survey conducted by research firm ChangeWave has revealed.

The survey, completed in November, questioned around 1,600 IT buyers on the demand for tablets in the workplace. According to ChangeWave, the demand is set to double next year.

According to the survey, 14 per cent of IT buyers questioned said that their companies are planning to buy tablet devices for their employees in the first quarter of 2011, while 7 per cent of the companies polled currently provide tablet devices to selected workers.

Apple seems to have struck a cord with enterprises as 78 per cent of the companies questioned planning to invest in tablet devices in the first three months of 2011 will choose an iPad. Dell, RIM and HP received 8 and 9 per cent of the votes respectively.

Paul Carton, the head of research at ChangeWave, said: “What's striking about the survey results is the intensity of the leap in demand. It was much more than what we were expecting.”