Tablets to replace laptops at work


More than half of UK workers say tablets will replace laptops in the workplace within 10 years

Adoption of tablets is speeding up in the workplace, with tablets predicted to replace laptops within 10 years according to new research.

The majority of 2,000 British workers surveyed by mobile operator EE believe that tablets are set to replace laptops in the workplace within the next 10 years. While 52% said tablets will rule the office, a further 36% say it will happen even sooner.

Almost a third (31%) said that laptop usage in the workplace is declining, with a quarter (24%) stating they previously used laptops for work purposes, but have now made the transition to tablets.

Despite most existing tablet tariff plans lasting two years, the research reveals that 30% of tablet owners have had their device for more than three years. This length of ownership outstrips that of phones, and is supported by recent research by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicating that the refresh cycle of a tablet is comparable to that of a laptop, rather than a smartphone.

In response to this changing behaviour, EE is launching a 36 month tablet plan for small business customers to provide additional flexibility. The plan is more cost efficient for businesses, saving subscribers approximately 25% per month in comparison to the 24 month plan, as well as providing businesses with flexible options to meet their business needs.

Mike Tomlinson, director of small business at EE, said: “Our research clearly shows that businesses are mobilising their workforces, and that tablets are rapidly becoming the primary device of choice. Sunsail are a great example of a business going one step further with 4GEE tablets from EE and the Canvas smart forms app to become even more productive and efficient.”

Simon Boulding, director at Sunsail, global yachting charter company and EE customer, said: “We’ve used 4G tablets and EE’s smart forms bundle with Canvas to improve the way we work, replacing our old paper-based forms and manual procedures for everything from customer relations and performing checks on our boats as they come in and go out. Since introducing tablets into the business, we’ve seen a 60% increase in customer engagement and we predict we will save over £10,000 per year on labour and direct costs, directly benefitting our bottom line. At Sunsail we constantly strive to increase efficiency and sustainability, and EE has been an invaluable partner in our journey.”

Sunsail is deploying ruggedised 4G tablets from EE to boost productivity, save money, digitise key tasks and cut down on paper use. The company has 30 yachts in the UK and just over a dozen staff based in Hampshire and is now able to use 4G tablets and digital form and data capture app Canvas, to improve the way it runs day-to-day processes including marketing, customer relations and inventory management.

Previously paper forms were given to customers for everything from feedback to signing up to future sailing courses and holidays. Using paper-based forms resulted in very low return rates of just 10%. By using tablets to capture this data and instantly share with head office, Sunsail has realised a 60% to 70% feedback rate. As a result, Sunsail has boosted customer engagement and is driving additional revenue through increased repeat bookings.



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