Increased productivity from a second monitor?

Earlier this week, a new second monitor was delivered to the New York office of AMI-Partners. The technical specs are not that important, neither is the brand for that matter. The essential factor here is that more content can be viewed with two screens versus one. Is using a second monitor beneficial? HBBs, SMBs, and large enterprises likely have employees who can utilize a second screen, but it is a matter of preference.

Second display setup

Global Spending on Peripherals

According to AMI’s Global Market Forecast Model, worldwide spending on peripherals by the HBB and SMB markets combined will reach nearly $14B in 2016, increasing steadily to just over $15B come 2020. This forecast, of course, covers more than just spending on second displays. This total spend reflects the widespread use of peripherals across organizations and how usage will continue to grow. These devices can be seen as accessories in the business world. Necessary? Perhaps. Worthwhile? The evidence will need to be examined. Peripherals let you do more than was originally intended and move beyond the design limitations of an existing product. A separate keyboard can free you from sitting close to your screen. A mouse can make that touchy touchpad seem obsolete. A second monitor can mean a spreadsheet now displays columns A:AF and rows 1:45 at 90% zoom.

Product Development

The mobility of the modern workforce means employees are working in a variety of settings. From an individual office to a conference room and all points in-between, technology must be as portable as the user. Additionally, tablets and ultrabooks are substituting for and in some cases replacing desktops and laptops altogether. AMI’s Global Model forecasts a 48% Continue reading “Increased productivity from a second monitor?”

The Age of Mobility for SMBs

Many businesses have had substantial growth in their mobile workforce, which has proliferated the use of mobile devices. AMI has found that worldwide there are many mobile workers among small and medium businesses (SMBs). Our data shows that 49% of businesses with less than 10 employees have mobile workers and it increases to 66% in the 10-99 employee segment of SMBs. Furthermore, 81% of businesses with 100+ employees have a mobile workforce. In fact, AMI research shows that many SMBs are truly embracing mobility for their business.

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BYOD: Bring Your Own Device

The topic of BYOD is trending among businesses. Why is it so popular and how does it impact the technology landscape for businesses?

First off, there are many advantages of BYOD to a business. BYOD often includes mobile devices, such as tablets and smart phones, which is beneficial for people on the go and increases the outreach of a business. It enables businesses to save on initial capital expenditure because employees are allowed to bring in their own device. I think that bringing in a device that users prefer would increase productivity, since it is a device that they prefer to work on. Additionally, the user of the device would probably take better care of it as well. The option of being mobile on various devices opens many opportunities and growth, especially for the SMB segment. For example, from AMI’s study on mobility, we have found that on average tablet using firms are generating 3 times more annual revenue than the non-tablet using firms. Continue reading “BYOD: Bring Your Own Device”

Tablet PCs are gaining momentum among SMBs worldwide, enabling cloud-based solutions

AMI has a new press release about tablet PCs:

New York, New York—March 24, 2011—Small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs, firms with less than 999 employees) continue to strive to regain their place in a troubled economy. Recent AMI research indicates that SMBs who have embraced mobility generated 40% higher revenue growth over the last 12 months compared to those who did not. As the mobile workforce trend continues, mobile devices, including tablet PCs, will play an integral part in supporting these employees.

You can read the whole release here.

Tablet PCs Booming – Can Anything Slow the Momentum?

It’s hard to turn on the TV, open the newspaper to the technology section, or visit your favorite technology web site without seeing an article or ad for tablet PCs. With the latest release of Apple’s iPad 2 in the United States on March 11th and sales skyrocketing, it makes you wonder where do SMBs go from here? Industry estimates for 2010 tablet PC sales to both consumer and business are around 17 million. The consumer space has dominated the tablet market to date while businesses quickly adjust their PC strategy to account for new tablets. AMI estimates that worldwide tablet shipments to SMBs accounted for approximately 6-8% of all tablet shipments, with an overwhelming majority coming from North America and Western Europe.

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