"This means that some of the corporate PC purchases we expected this year will no longer happen," he said.
Businesses seemed content to replace PCs on a much smaller scale than in the past, pulling out systems a few at a time when absolutely necessary.
Tablets appeared to be changing too, with most sales now concentrated on the smaller 7 inch screen size rather than the larger 10 inch that started the market's growth in 2011.
For all that Apple stole a lead in tablets and has continued to do well in sectors such as education, much of the current growth was in lower-cost Android tablets, IDC said.
"The days of the PC are numbered and that the era of the tablet is very much upon us," commented Brocade's heaad of Western Europe, Marcus Jewell who argued that the rise of theses devices signalled new challenges for enterprises.
"The introduction of these devices, not only brings up potential security threats that business must ensure they are protected from, but it also places a massive strain on the network as more and more data is pushed through the pipes."
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