As for me, the tablet experience in its current form can never replace laptop experience. I know there are people that can bend a tablet to their will, to make entries on tablet is an exercise in hunting and pecky futility. Tablet still can't do what laptops do.
@FlyingScot, Well I agree, however, we will know the outcome by the end of this year whether desk top PC will remain relevant. Remember schools and colleges are beginning to use tablets. It's portable, workable and saves space. Younger ones tend to gravitate towards latest technology.
@Bolaji, I agree with you completely. Having a college freshman, a high school senior and freshman, the tablets are but a mere toy for wasting time and getting on Facebook. There are times it is hard enough to time out a long email on a smartphone without a keyboard or a tablet, let alone a multiple page school project. The tablet market will continue to grow and the survivors will get weeded out, but they are not going to replace a laptop for any serious user.
@Ariella, thanks for your comment. Yes my point is that analyst don't often get things right. Hence, sales projections (though essential) alone can constitute a fiscal health hazards to a company. Executives do monitor other projection, events and developments that may influence performance.
"Ultrabooks won't save the PC market. Rather, they will further hurt notebooks"
Anna, I think ultrabooks are more suitable for enterprise and SMB community, where they need more computing power than normal laptops and net books. For normal users it's not going to be having any effect because in price wise also it's slightly more than the normal laptop or netbooks.
Lots of great predictions and analysis. The slow growth and broadening of the earnings gap between successful and unsuccessful companies suggest that more mergers and acquisitions will be seen in 2012.
EBN Dialogue enables and encourages you to participate in live chats with notable leaders and luminaries. Not only editors and journalists, but the entire EBN community is able to comment and ask questions. Listed below are upcoming and archived chats.
Thailand Stages a Comeback Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Microsoft Surface: Potential Winners & Losers What are the implications for the electronics industry supply chain of Microsoft Corp.'s decision to launch its own tablet PC? Join industry veteran and EE Times' systems and OEM expert Rick Merritt on Tuesday, July 3, at 12:00 pm EDT for a Live Chat on this subject.
Join EBN contributor Jennifer Baljko on Thursday August 23, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. EST for a live chat on how electronic manufacturers in Thailand have shored up their supply chain to reduce the impact of future natural disasters.
Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.