It is no secret that the popularity of desktop computers has declined because users now gravitate towards tablets, laptops, smartphones and other transportable devices. How does the decline in desktop computer ownership impact the computer repair industry? The answer is dependent upon who you ask. Some computer repair technicians believe there will always be plenty of computer repair work available. Other technicians believe the computer repair industry is declining and the availability of computer repair work will continue to diminish.
The reality is that the computer repair industry is on the decline and it is just a matter of how fast it will decline and to what extent will the industry diminish. After speaking with Adrian Jean at CyberCall computer repair Bath we got to know that the industry does seem to be in decline but he seemed to think it was more of a case of adjusting to the times. With the rise of tablets and smartphones he seemed to think the platform had changed but that the need was still very much there.
Tablets And Smartphones
A fundamental shift has taken place in the way in which people use technology. Devices such as tablets and smartphones have a direct impact on the diminishment of the computer repair industry. Smartphones and tablets are widely used worldwide and some users now use smartphones exclusively. Users enjoy the portability of smartphones and tablets. These devices are the new dominant computer platform. As a result, the role of a computer repair technician changed. The technicians that are able to stay in the industry are the ones that can adjust to the technology of the times. Researchers with Gartner reported a 9.5% decline in pc shipments in one quarter of 2015 when compared to the same quarter in 2014.
Where Do We Go From Here?
Due to the decrease in the price of tablets and smartphones and the increase in personal use of these devices, computer repair will continue to decline over the next several years. A shift in technology has occurred and the only way to survive it is to adapt with the change in technology.
Although not everyone backs up their data to the cloud, there is an increased trend in cloud storage because people are able to back up their data fast and cheap. The cloud decreases the demand for data recovery services that were once invaluable to computer repair shops around the world. Online backup services are becoming more and more popular so the demand for data recovery through a technician is quickly becoming obsolete and this service will likely have no demand in the next five years.
On the bright side, when one opportunity burns out, another one catches on fire. As technology changes, many new markets will be created. This will allow for a new era of computer technicians.