Yes Mobility is the Rage - but take note 69 million PCs shipped for the first quarter of this year

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Yes Mobility is the Rage - but take note 69 million PCs shipped for the first quarter of this year

In a lot of our materials we talk about Mobile app development and deployment with Alpha Anywhere.

It is important to note that Alpha Anywhere lets you build both mobile and web apps for desktops and laptops with the exact same development environment.  

Why is this important?

The reality is that the vast majority of enterprise mobile apps are consuming and writing data back to databases and applications and that there are office workers who work at their desks processing this information. For example in an insurance app, data is coming in from the field adjuster, but the analysis and claims decisions are being made by office workers who are analyzing and deciding on the claims using desktop/laptop devices and running software that is optimized for traditional web operation.

This article from Friday April 10th lays out the data - the PC and laptop are far from dead!

The Schwartz Report

By Jeffrey Schwartz
Editor, Redmond magazine

PC Sales Decline Not As Bad as Expected
PC shipments have been on the decline. But if you want to look at the glass half-full, those declines aren't as bad as originally forecast.

IDC yesterday reported that 69 million PCs shipped for the first quarter of this year amounted to a 6.7 percent decline over the same period last year. Though that's the lowest number of PCs shipped for the quarter since 2009, this year's decline wasn't as sharp as IDC had originally forecast last fall when the market researcher had predicted volumes to drop by 8.2 percent.

The better-than-expected number -- if you do look at the glass half full -- came from a slower decline in the United States than other parts of the world, according to IDC Senior Research Analyst for PCs Rajani Singh. In the U.S. 14.2 million PCs shipped in the first quarter, a 1 percent decline over the same period last year, according to IDC. The strongest segment of growth was portables, notably in new categories such as new Bing PCs, Chromebooks, convertible PC-tablets and ultra-slim notebooks, according to IDC, which said desktop shipments were sluggish this quarter.

Gartner said desktop declines were in the double digits but figures won't be available for another few weeks, according to analyst Mikako Kitagawa. For its part, Gartner said it had forecast more moderate declines and it says shipments declined 5.2 percent. Gartner is also forecasting moderate PC growth for the years to come ...Continue reading. 
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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi www.tubifi.com.

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