E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device

Sara Peters, Editor in Chief | 10/15/2013 | 18 comments

Sara Peters
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.

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nasimson   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/27/2013 9:09:35 AM
Re: Tablets vs Desktop computers
@ mendoza:

Desktops are for creating content or consuming heavy content. Laptops are for consuming light content. I'd like to believe its as simple as that.
sherly_mendoza   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/23/2013 6:24:18 AM
Tablets vs Desktop computers
I have a friend, who considers himself a gamer geek, who will never ever replace his desktop with a laptop or a tablet. His reasons are more related to what laptops and tablets cannot do for gamers like him. But I do get his point. There are simply things - especially when it comes to the technical aspect - that a tablet is not capable of doing or supporting. It just cannot be used as your primary tool for work - or even for school. Tablets are more of a personal thing for me...I'd use them more for simple games like Candy Crush, for social networking and even for reading ebooks. But never for doing serious work! 
Marif   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/19/2013 12:22:07 PM
Re: Keyboards, Screen Size and Weight
@Hospice: you are right we cannot talk about the revolution at this moment but it is definitely a step towards it. I don't think if the screen size or limited power is holding it back from the revolution. It will be matter of time when we will have the option of tablets with larger screen and the battery will be enhanced a bit but I think the main hurdle right now is the variety of apps available.
Hospice_Houngbo   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/18/2013 8:06:16 PM
Re: Keyboards, Screen Size and Weight
Tablets are increasingly been used in the enterprise, but we can't talk of a big revolution just yet. The devices are still limited in compitational power and the screens are too small for an optimun visualization experience.
Marif   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/17/2013 12:30:36 PM
Re: Keyboards, Screen Size and Weight
@eethtworkz: yes I ma surprised to hear the popularity of tablets in the enterprises. I was never underestimating its use in the enterprises but I didn't found them to be used up to that extent. I still think that these tablets will not be able to replace laptops in enterprises in near future but still this is major step towards that change.
Pablo Valerio   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/17/2013 12:20:44 PM
Re: Production vs Consumption
@vnewman, there are many advantages for tablets in the work force. Sales people can use them to give short presentations to individual customers, doctors can take notes while seeing patients directly to their EHR systems, many use them for inventory control, POS systems, etc.

But those are not laptop replacements, are new uses of tablets and smartphones. For real production --the kind you mention-- a real laptop or desktop is necessary. Right now I'm using a laptop connected to a 24" screen and wireless keyboard. And I have several Windows open simultaneously. I can't do that with my tablet.

BTW, nice picture!
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jastro   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/16/2013 4:38:21 PM
Re: Production vs Consumption
@pablo Do you think the laptop is for more active events (like writing, production, etc) and the tablet is for more passive events like viewing? (overall?) If so, when does this balance change? Or even out?
vnewman   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/16/2013 3:47:27 PM
Re: Production vs Consumption
@Pablo - I think you bring up a very important point when you say "Production."  I work in a field where document production is basically our "product" and for the people in the trenches, a tablet will never be a possibility for that type of work. 

There are people, however, who don't do that as part of their daily routine (but their secretaries are typically the ones that do) and they would be much better suited to work mainly on the tablet.  Not strictly, because at some point, they encounter situations where production work is unavoidable, but mostly.  ("They mostly come at night, mostly." Aliens 2 reference, sorry.)
eethtworkz   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/16/2013 3:21:56 PM
Re: Keyboards, Screen Size and Weight
Marif,

You will be surprised how fast(and How much adoption) Tablets have had in the Enterprise today.

Even I was surprised initially but you see more and More Enterprises go for Tablets for Dedicated functions-You can only use those Locked Tablets to perform a particular Function.

Phablets won't make it(atleast in the Enterprise) but Pure-Play Locked Tablets have a lot of Potential today.
eethtworkz   E2 Video: Tablets as a Primary Device   10/16/2013 3:21:03 PM
Re: Keyboards, Screen Size and Weight
Marif,

You will be surprised how fast(and How much adoption) Tablets have had in the Enterprise today.

Even I was surprised initially but you see more and More Enterprises go for Tablets for Dedicated functions-You can only use those Locked Tablets to perform a particular Function.

Phablets won't make it(atleast in the Enterprise) but Pure-Play Locked Tablets have a lot of Potential today.
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