Study: PC sales drop 10.1 percent in 2013

The use of bring-your-own-device strategies and the influence of mobile devices in the corporate landscape is easy to see. You would have a hard time locating a business executive who does not have a tablet or smartphone that is also used for some company task. What would be harder to track down is one that relies solely on a computer to handle work related projects.

This has lead to the continued decline of computer shipments worldwide. Numbers released by IDC show that 2013 will end with global PC shipments dropping 10.1 percent when compared to the week before. Furthermore, those numbers are going to drop even more in 2014 as they are projected to experience another drop of 3.8 percent.

Jay Chou, a Senior Research Analyst, Worldwide Quarterly PC Trackers at IDC, spoke in the report about reasons why this would be the case, including the growing popularity and functionality of mobile devices.

"Perhaps the chief concern for future PC demand is a lack of reasons to replace an older system," Chou said. "While IDC research finds that the PC still remains the primary computing device – for example, PCs are used more hours per day than tablets or phones – PC usage is nonetheless declining each year as more devices become available."

IT support companies that offer cloud consulting services and mobility are becoming more popular and that means a decrease in PC usages. Technology solution providers are helping companies of any size manage these new systems.