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Digital Workplace Issues: Will Cloud Office Boost the Need for Thin Clients and Chromebooks?

Published: 01 March 2017

ID: G00323522

Analyst(s): Ranjit Atwal , Meike Escherich


The 2016 Gartner Annual Enterprise Survey shows that by 2018, 36% of enterprise apps will be browser-based; but will this increase demand for thin clients? Technology strategic planners need to consider the impact that cloud office capabilities will have when positioning their products.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Device and OS diversity requires IT departments to simplify and unify manageability
  • The need for lower initial device costs, ease of deployment and the compatibility of business applications are driving demand for bimodal IT solutions
  • The continuing shift to cloud solutions will drive improvements in hardware-as-a-service architectures

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