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9 Powerful Business Uses For Tablet Computers

From the warehouse to the sales floor, see how companies creatively use iPads and other tablets to save time and money, sell more, and delight customers. Tablets may even find a home on garbage trucks.
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A number of companies are experimenting with tablets in warehouses. Avent, a global electronics distributor, is doing a small-scale trial of iPads in one of its distribution centers. Employees use them in areas that are too far from a kiosk to easily record data on items they need to pick up, and also in areas that are harder to access. Avnet's testing strategy is to invest carefully, and not assume the tablet will be a big productivity win. So, Avnet hasn't put a lot of bells and whistles on its warehouse app yet. For example, workers can use a bar code scanning app, using the iPad's camera, to collect data on an item they pick. But that app isn't integrated with the back-end system, so the employee must key it in using a kiosk.

Sean Valcamp, Avnet's director of IT architecture, wants to make sure the app is working in this environment before it invests too heavily. So far, the durability is holding up well, and the battery life has been impressive. Avnet did "iPad surgery," Valcamp says, to disable features warehouse workers didn't need, like Bluetooth and iTunes access. With that, Avnet has gotten as much as three days of use on a single charge.


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User Rank: Apprentice
2/16/2012 | 6:10:20 PM
re: 9 Powerful Business Uses For Tablet Computers
Speaking as a minority, an IT professional, and someone with an MBA, I don't find her attire unprofessional, and I didn't even notice until you pointed it out. It occurs to me that the biggest problem faced by minorities (and likely women, though I can't speak to that extent) in IT, and indeed in general, is self-righteousness masquerading as championing minority issues.
User Rank: Apprentice
2/15/2012 | 4:44:47 PM
re: 9 Powerful Business Uses For Tablet Computers
Mr Murphy. The photo associated with this article "9 Powerful Business Uses For Tablet Computers" plays into preconceived stereotypes of Minorities and Women involved in Technology. This is very sad.... :-( Why is the only minority in this photo dressed unprofessionally (low cut blouse and high skirt)??
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