Never! Tablets could never replace laptops and desktops as a primary enterprise client device.
Sure, tablets might be well and good for consuming content, but what about creating content, eh? Who really wants to type on a tablet? We must have our full-size QWERTY keyboards. Tablets aren't nearly as powerful as laptops -- they'll never be able to run the hefty enterprise software we business professionals rely upon. Of course, compatibility will be a problem, remote network access will be a challenge, and don't even get me started on security. They're too expensive. Tablets may get by in the consumer world simply on looks, charm, and cool factor, but such frivolities won't fool the wily IT professionals in the business world. At best, they're an additional device -- a technological fashion statement for executives who need to dress to impress.
Right? Aren't those the things we've been saying since the first tablet hit the market? I know I have. In fact, one of my very first E2 posts (lo' nearly three years ago) was about Why I'm Still Not Buying Into Tablet Mania.
Maybe it's finally time for me to admit I was wrong about everything. (Or if I was right, it was only for a brief and shining moment.)
Well, we can discuss how very wrong I and many of you are on the next episode of E2 Live Video, this Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Our topic will be "Tablets in the Workplace: Why They Can Work as a Primary Device."
We'll discuss not only that the perceived challenges of tablets -- application access, business usability, security, and management -- can be overcome, but also how using tablets as your users' primary client device can actually increase collaboration, increase productivity, and reduce administrative work for mobile workers.
We'll have two guests with us Friday. Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Dell End-User Computing, is a mobile industry expert focused on improving the productivity, efficiency, and profitability of business customers through mobile solutions. Having led hundreds of mobile device deployments, Sean has unique customer insights into how mobility can transform the way a business operates.
Steve Gilbert, Global Marketing for Dell Tablets, is a highly passionate global marketing veteran with 19-plus years of experience in the modern business enterprise. For the past four years, Steve has directed marketing aspects of mobile solutions for corporate enterprise and public sector business units worldwide. He has focused on product definition, development, messaging, and "go-to-market" for a portfolio of mobility, client, and virtualization products and Dell solutions globally. Prior to this, Steve has led marketing efforts in both SMB and government sectors.
So register now, and join us Friday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time for what promises to be a lively episode of E2 Live Video. Any particular questions you'd like me to ask the guests? Let us know in the comments below.