Overall tablet shipments have dropped 20% in recent quarters, but workplace uses for the devices are still growing in the U.S.
Based on a survey of 300 U.S. companies completed in September, analyst firm J. Gold Associates determined that the number of companies who have over half their workforce using tablets will grow by up to 155% in the next three years.
"This indicates a strong upward trend," the firm said in an 11-page report on the survey. Computerworld received a review copy of the report.
The survey also asked about company plans to rely on workers who supply their own tablets under a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) scenario.
The survey found that about 12% of the companies surveyed currently rely on BYOD for nearly all their tablet uses, a number that will grow to 21% in three years -- a 78% growth rate. By comparison, 9% more of those heavy tablet users will be using corporate-provided devices by then.