What do corporate PC users in the US want today? If the findings of a recent IDC study are correct, they want machines with big disk drives and desktop PCs under $US1000, but aren't keen to adopt network computers.
In a survey of 300 IS purchasing employees at mid-size and large companies, IDC reported that corporate users want PCs with large amounts of memory and hard drives of at least 2GB, while they are less concerned about having the most powerful processors and DVD (digital video disk) drives.
In fact, 88 per cent of respondents plan to buy PCs with disk drives of 2GB or greater, while hardly any are interested in buying DVD systems, according to the report, which is titled Customer Directions And Buying Behaviour: The 1998 Commercial Desktop Survey.
Companies are willing to pay top dollar for fully loaded machines, but are also very interested in buying more basic PCs at under $1000, IDC said in the study. Half of the respondents said the idea of purchasing sub-$US1000 desktops is very or somewhat appealing.
Network computers are still struggling to gain a foothold in corporate markets, with just 14 per cent of companies having machines already installed and another 10 per cent evaluating them, according to the report. NetPCs, the concept backed by Microsoft, are even less popular, with only 7 per cent of the companies having already placed orders for the boxes and another 9 per cent trialling them.