Tablet Selection: Getting Down to Business

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Choosing just the right tablet computer is difficult when you plan to use the device for personal use, considering the increasing number of alternatives and wide range of features and characteristics. Tablet selection is an even greater challenge when that tablet will spend some time in the business trenches, intermingling with such things as remote information access, firewall security structures, unified communications and cloud-based services.

In most cases, the size of the tablet’s screen is important since you want to duplicate or at least come close to that desktop or notebook experience when looking at pdfs, spreadsheets, or even reviewing email. Other things to consider with tablet selection include battery life, available ports, the ability for a device to handle different applications software, and any roadblocks that might exist to prevent the tablet from full and secure access to sensitive business information.

Market researcher Gartner forecasts $29.4 billion in spending on media tablets this year, with a global annual average increase rate of 52 percent through 2015. A lot of that spending will come from companies looking to extend their IT resources with tablets, as well as employees slipping tablets in through the backdoor as personal/business devices. This means companies will have to move fast to adapt mobile policies and support structures to accommodate these new devices; and existing enterprise applications may have to be tweaked to allow for these new mobile and flexible platforms.

In Part 1 of a two-part series on sister site SearchMobileComputing, consultant Michael Finneran looks at what to consider when choosing a tablet that will be used for unified communications activity in the enterprise. Part 2 examines key aspects and features to consider when selecting an enterprise tablet – all good and relevant information to have when tablets and business collide.

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