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The Good And Bad Of Tablets At Work
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anon6546174076
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anon6546174076,
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12/15/2013 | 2:57:36 PM
Tablets for work
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McBeese
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7/2/2013 | 9:54:27 PM
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I shook my head when I read the DEA example. The CTO/IT team overruled what the 'men in the field' wanted. If all they wanted was a remote desktop, they could have been using Windows tablets ten years ago.
McBeese
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7/2/2013 | 9:49:54 PM
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I'm not a fan of hybrid tablets. If I have some heavy-duty work to get done, I want a powerful unconstrained laptop. For me, that is a MacBook Air because it is powerful, light, and it runs both OS X and Windows without compromise. If I'm mobile, I want a device that is designed from the ground up for an optimal mobile experience. Today, that means iPad, although I'm trying the Nexus 10 and it's pretty good.
Swarna
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6/24/2013 | 5:53:59 AM
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The emergence of the tablet as a legitimate enterprise workhorse is a wonderful thing. However, as a Symantec employee I always have data security on my mind. Thus, I canGăÍt help but think of the potential ramifications if a tablet with sensitive information such as a restaurant patronGăÍs credit card information, a commercial airliner flight plan or details on a law enforcement investigation were to be compromised. So, while this article paints a fantastic picture of technological innovation, it also indirectly highlights the need for organizations to develop complete enterprise mobility strategies. Such strategies not only include novel uses of mobile technology, but effective solutions G㢠such as MDM and MAM G㢠to keep the data on and flowing to and from them secure.

Swarna Podila
Symantec
Michael Endler
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6/21/2013 | 4:58:43 PM
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Ha! I can definitely see that happening. I suppose a company could use one of the MDM/MAM products that shuts down certain apps within certain areas, or some kind of similar tactic. But that's tricky. Infringing on a BYOD device's native interface starts to subvert the point of doing BYOD to begin with, for example. But you're right, it's a problem; for all the things tablets help, I'm sure more than one tablet-toting employee has lost a few hours of productivity while playing Angry Birds or checking Instragram.
moarsauce123
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6/21/2013 | 10:53:44 AM
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I find tablets in business a two edge sword, same with smartphones. Try to get a quick meeting together to make decisions, it is just not possible. Folks bring in their toys and do who knows what with it. The next day they have no clue what was discussed or decided so we send email...which generates complaints that there is too much email and we rather should have quick meetings to collaborate. *sigh*
Michael Endler
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6/20/2013 | 5:45:18 PM
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Most of the people I talk to think the truth is somewhere in the middle. On the consumer side, mobile devices will hold a pretty big advantage. A household might have once had several PCs, perhaps even a laptop for every member of the family. Now, many of these household will keep an old, aging machine for communal use, and turn to tablets or smartphones for personal devices. Tablets will be refreshed and replaced faster than PCs among consumers, which only exaggerates this gap. With BYOD and new workflows, some of this will cross over to businesses,

Enterprises, meanwhile, will - and already do - buy millions of tablets, but most of their devices will still be "traditional" machines. That said, recent trends suggest enterprises aren't in a big hurry to buy new devices, so the effect we see among consumers - that PCs are going longer between replacements - is also, at least for the moment, true in the enterprise as well. So, despite the fact that enterprises will continue to invest in PCs, this trend will also narrow the gap between the total PC install base and the total mobile install base.

In coming years, it's quite possible that - by volume - mobile devices will be the dominant computing device, not just in terms of new sales but in terms of active machines worldwide. That said, such a calculation would include smartphones and mini-tablets in the "mobile" category, and though these devices might become ubiquitous, it's silly to say they'll replace PCs when it comes to certain very important business tasks. So mobile devices might win the numbers game, and that's significant, but numbers alone don't dictate the importance of a device category.

At most businesses, both mobile and desktop workflows will be important. The permutations of software, devices, personnel and training that optimize this mixture is the real challenge for many businesses. The idea that it will be all about mobile or all about PCs-- that's something that must be resisted. It will be both, for the foreseeable future. To achieve the optimal blend, enterprises will have to forge new relationships with their IT teams, and be more receptive, in many cases, to consumerization trends. But they'll also have to keep using a lot of PCs.

- Michael Endler, IW Associate Editor
GAProgrammer
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6/20/2013 | 12:55:35 PM
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"It may take five years, but fighting against tablets/mobile computing being the major computing form is probably a losing proposition."

Not really - as stated in the article, tablets are a poor replacement for most PCs, so while the personal PC market is diminishing, the workplace PC market is doing just fine. There are far more business devices than personal devices, so to say that tablets/mobile computing will become the major computing form is probably not accurate.
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6/19/2013 | 6:33:22 PM
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M$ shillery aside, the sudden turn toward the tablet is not what's wanted or needed seems wrong. Those of us who grew up on the PC (heck...I grew up on typewriters) see things through pc-centric eyes. The tech savvy kids won't. It may take five years, but fighting against tablets/mobile computing being the major computing form is probably a losing proposition.

Also, the whole idea behind XML was that it was a portable format not only between platforms but between apps as well.
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6/19/2013 | 5:14:08 PM
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The biggest benefit I have seen in this consumerization-based trend is the opportunity for IT work closer with the user base. With the form factor, people have embraced tablets at a rate we have not seen before with a new technology. This means IT has a renewed opportunity to introduce potential productivity enhancements to a welcome space. Of course success means starting with a strategy that makes sense to all involved and embracing tools (i.e. WorkSpace) that can empower rather than inhibit this exciting new environment.

-- Peter Fretty, IDG blogger working on Aruba Networks' behalf.
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