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While PCs still remain a primary endpoint right now, 20 to 22 percent of organizations said they’re already providing support for employee-owned laptops, tablets and smartphones, with a further 16 to 21 percent planning to do so over the next two years. Fifty percent said that they see improved self-service as a primary reason for supporting employee-owned smartphones, tablets, netbooks and laptops, while 47 percent see lower purchase costs as a key driver for embracing BYOD. Driven by employees’ consistent dependence on their smartphones and tablets, as well as their personal preferences for devices used to access the corporate network at all times, businesses have started developing formal BYOD policies to support user choice and increasing mobile device contingency.

Recent talk regarding a potential spin-off of HP’s PC business drove a heated debate about whether other technology firms might do the same. Will the PC continue to provide value to end users or has its grave been dug?

Global information and communications technology provider Dimension Data recently commissioned a survey on the desktop virtualization market, conducted by Forrester Research, revealing growing trends that may provide some answers. Although factors such as cost, administrative and user familiarity and legacy ecosystems could keep the PC on life support in the short term, there are other powerful forces that may propel its demise. These forces include worker mobility, the rise of smartphones and tablets, and perhaps most significantly, the growth of cloud computing and virtualization, which is rendering local storage and processing power – traditional hallmarks of the PC – much less significant than in the past.

So ultimately, it may simply be a question of “when” not “if” a range of mobile computing devices displaces the PC for all but the most specialized use cases and applications.

In this slideshow, Dimension Data highlights some of the key data from the Forrester survey, “The Client Virtualization Imperative,” that will inevitably impact the future of the PC. For this research, Forrester surveyed nearly 550 enterprises with 500 or more employees – from every region of the world – regarding their client virtualization and end-user computing strategies.

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