Tablet PC News – ViewSonic Trains Salespeople, Tablets and the Army, IT Execs Don’t Get Tablet, riteFrom 2.0 Released

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ViewSonic is trying to train resellers, so they can sell the product line more effectively, including Tablets

ViewSonic(R) Corp., a worldwide leader in visual display products, today announced significant enhancements to its ViewSonic on Top(R) partner program. The 2004 campaign, See the Difference(R), kicked off in February with a revamped extranet dedicated to offering channel partners improved value, programs and tools.

To foster and reward the sharing of product and industry knowledge, ViewSonic has added an interactive quiz-style training component to its PartnerView(R) Web site. This new component reflects situations, questions and conversations that occur in real-world sales environments, with information and questions that focus on product and solution benefits, various markets, key programs and messages, as well as sales techniques. The subject matter and questions place particular emphasis on ViewSonic’s new and emerging product lines, including tablet PCs, LCD TVs and digital projectors.

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040308005146&newsLang=en


Tablets play a role in the Army’s new SMARTRUCK III mobile command and control center

Imagine a truck that can detect an airborne bio-hazard and alert authorities before it can cause harm or havoc. Or spot and track illegal trespassers or attackers even in complete darkness — and repel them should they try to disable the truck’s advanced surveillance and communications capabilities. Or sense an incoming missile and knock it out of the sky.

A multi-million dollar sci-fi fantasy?

Uh-uh. Meet the Army’s new SMARTRUCK III, designed for America’s homeland, a war zone or private security. Built in partnership with International Truck and Engine Corporation, the lean, mean and clean machine showcases the latest in armor protection, highly-advanced communications and detection and deterrent capabilities, making the SMARTRUCK III a true mobile command-and-control center.

The front and rear seat passengers will have removable wireless tablet PCs which allow users to monitor vehicle operations and control some of the peripheral devices from outside the vehicle.

http://home.businesswire.com/portal/site/google/index.jsp?ndmViewId=news_view&newsId=20040308005301&newsLang=en


Many IT executives don’t understand the benefits of Tablet PCs

IT directors are unconvinced and remain reluctant to buy into emerging technologies, despite increased budgets and better understanding, an IDC survey has found.

The IDC’s annual Systems Survey 2004 also revealed that 2% more IT professionals have a more positive outlook for the new year than last year.

However, they remain decidedly unimpressed by some of the newer technologies on offer – in particular, blade servers, tablet PCs and applications servers – and were either sceptical or ignorant about their usefulness.

http://www.computerweekly.com/articles/article.asp?liArticleID=128966&liArticleTypeID=1&liCategoryID=2&liChannelID=32&liFlavourID=1&sSearch=&nPage=1


Pen&Internet has released riteForm 2.0 for Tablet PCs and other mobile devices

Pen&Internet(R), LLC, today announced the immediate commercial availability of riteForm(TM) 2.0, an advanced recognition solution for processing handwritten forms on mobile pen-enabled devices, including electronic pen and paper, Pocket PC, Tablet PC and Windows CE tablets.

With riteForm, users receive the most powerful and accurate forms recognition, which employs Pen&Internet’s next-generation handwriting recognition technology and the new level of context sensitive recognition of individual form fields.  Targeted to the mobile enterprise and small business markets, riteForm can operate locally or as a server-based product.

http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=SVBIZINK3.story&STORY=/www/story/03-08-2004/0002123684&EDATE=MON+Mar+08+2004,+08:11+AM

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