While personal computers are "less of the center of the universe," they will still play a part in our lives for years to come, said Alain Monie, CEO of tech supply chain company Ingram Micro.
Despite years of hearing that PCs are dying, that makes sense, Monie said Tuesday on CNBC's "Squawk Box."
After the closing bell Monday, Micron reported better-than-expected earnings and revenues, saying rebounding personal computer demand helped boost sales of its DRAM chips.
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Corporations need to "refresh their fleets," Monie said. "That's what they're doing … over the last couple of quarters. It may get into the second half of the year. But long term, you have to take into account the fact that tablets are taking a very, very big role."
With earnings of $310 million on revenues of $42.6 billion last year, Ingram distributes and markets hundreds of thousands of computer products, working with the bulk of the major tech vendors including Intel, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard.
HP Chief Executive Meg Whitman has been making the case for the relevancy of the PC since she took over at the computer, printer, and software maker in the fall of 2011.
Last month, Whitman told CNBC that HP's plans to cut as many as 16,000 additional workers will reduce inefficiencies stemming from years-old mergers and acquisitions and make the company "more efficient and effective."
But HP is still playing catch-up in the mobile space.
"PCs are going to be less of the center of the universe. Mobility is the center of the universe as far as devices," Monie said. "But they will complement each other."
He said people will likely carry and rely on several devices like smartphones, tablets and more traditional computers.