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IDC Press Release, 3/17/11
Despite the difficult conditions that have characterized the U.S. economy over the past three years, the number of home-based businesses and corporate home offices has continued to increase. According to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) forecast, the home office market will add nearly 2 million home-based businesses and more than 3 million corporate home office households between 2011 and 2015.
As the home office household landscape continues to change, so too does the type of technologies these households depend on. PCs will remain central to home worker productivity, and portable form factors will continue to account for the majority of total annual shipments to this market; the number of notebook-owning home office households will increase by 5.0% annually — the highest growth rate of any home office technology category. Single-function printer penetration will continue to decline rapidly, reflecting home office households’ growing preference for MFPs and their multiple capabilities. By the end of 2015, nearly three-quarters of networked home office households will be wireless-enabled. Smartphones are rapidly becoming an indispensable home office asset.