Earlier this morning we reported on new data from IDC that suggests Apple's worldwide tablet marketshare has slipped a few more percentage points to about 54%. As myriad manufacturers continue to pump out Android tablets of all sizes and prices, Apple's iron grip on the planet's tablet space is gradually weakening.
But one area where the iPad retains incredible dominance is the enterprise. Although not aggressively marketed by Apple as a business-oriented tablet, the device has emerged as just that. A recent ChangeWave Research survey reveals that the iPad is a major hit with the corporate tablet market.
The big number: an astonishing 84% of companies that plan to buy tablets soon say they will be buying iPads. And this number has actually gone up, not down, suggesting that enterprises have had bad experiences with competing devices in the workplace.
22% of companies plan to buy tablets within the next few months, the survey found. This means that nearly 19% of all companies plan to buy iPads, while just 3% plan to buy Android tablets or BlackBerry PlayBooks.
According to ChangeWave, Samsung will snag 8% of the upcoming tablet purchases, accounting for less than 2% of all companies. Canada's RIM is poised to make up just 3% of forthcoming enterprise tablet purchases, despite being positioned as the world's first and only "enterprise-class tablet." This represents only a fraction of a percent of all companies.