Tablet Computers are set to outsell PCs in 2015, according to a recent report. According to industry analysts Gartner Group, world wide tablet computer shipments will climb to nearly 321 million units next year.  Meanwhile, Gartner predicts PC shipments will fall to 262 million units in 2015, putting Tablet Computers on track to lead the transition from traditional computing to mobile and cloud technologies.

Here are some key points you should consider about this trend.

Tablets Computers Provide Cross Platform Support for Cloud Applications

Many cloud applications support not only traditional PCs, desktops, and laptops, but also tablet computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices. Tablets allow your employees to work anywhere and in a variety of environments. Because tablet computers take up less space and are WiFi enabled, employees at counters, in the field, on factory and retail floors, in the healthcare sector, or on constructions sites.

Other Benefits of Tablet Computers

The latest tablet computers are outfitted with a variety of features that are native to the device. They have the ability to take pictures and track location information. They also have touch screen and pen based interface.  Case workers in the field can easily capture images, take notes, and tag locations to case files. Retail workers can look up inventory, architects can have access to drawings, and lawyers can access case files.  The possibilities are limitless with a well designed application.

Using Tablet Computers in the Workplace

It is important to consider wireless access, network security, and mobile device policy and management when you deploy tablet computers in your business. Limited wireless network access may leave your employees unproductive.

Because these devices are mobile in nature, they are at risk for loss or theft. Accordingly, the devices and networks should have a managed security policy to prevent unauthorized access to applications and application data.

If you are considering bringing tablet computers into the workplace or have questions or concerns about your tablet computer strategy, contact your IT Consulting Service Professional.

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