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Just a while ago when iPad was the only tablet available on the market, businesses were reluctant to embrace tablets for business use. Today with several business-ready tablets and convertibles available on the market, that is changing. IDC predicts that tablet sales will be 117.1 million in 2013 and will grow to 261.4 million by 2015.
A range of business-ready devices, tablets and all-in-ones provide different choices. Which tablet is the right for your business? Here are some of the factors provided by PC Pro that you should consider before purchasing your business tablet.
Usage: What kind of tasks do you plan to do with tablet devices? Some tasks can be easily carried out with touchscreen devices and applications, but not all. ‘Hybrid and convertible devices might seem to offer the best of both worlds,’ suggests PC pro. You should break down your users into groups, and assess the potential benefits or otherwise for each group.
Management: Manageability is a key factor. Choose devices that are easy to integrate in your existing environment. For example, PC pro asserts, ‘a tablet running Windows 8 Pro is no more difficult to manage than a laptop running the same. It will work with the same System Center Configuration Manager tools as a Windows 8 laptop, and will take advantage of the Active Directory and Group Policy features that many IT managers already use to manage their existing Windows environments.’
Security – Devices that come with built-in security management and capabilities are the best choices. For example Android 4 devices come with on-device encryption and support for remote lock and erase. Windows 8 Pro tablets have access to BitLocker, AppLocker and Secure Book, which ensure that if the device is lost, the data will be safe.
Software – Choose tablets that works well with your business-critical software. PC Pro states that Windows 8 Pro tablets are advantages in this case since you have access to the fully functional versions of existing Office applications.
Hardware and Infrastructure: When you plan your budget, take into consideration the accessories that are needed to increase your devices productivity. Keyboards, docking stations, styles pens, etc. Many manufactures have now tablets that provide a PC like performance with the use of docking stations and other accessories.
Other factors to consider include screen size, connectivity options (4G, 3G, WiFi), availability of apps, storage, screen quality and cost.