Tablet Computing and Enterprise Mobility – 3 Tips in 2012

Enterprises and SMBs alike are becoming more mobile and their users becoming more demanding. Businesses are turning to new solutions and adopting technology such as tablets with the same intensity and appetite of consumers. Since Apple’s iPad debuted in January 2010, the integration of tablet devices in the workplace has progressed rapidly. We want to highlight 3 must-know tips for businesses seeking to increase mobility with tablets in 2012.

1. Document your business requirements.

It’s somewhat safe to assume that if you are reading this, your business requires increased mobility. Now you need to document your business requirements. This is often overlooked by companies (including our own) who are very focused on results. Before speeding ahead with mobility applications, you need to ask a few questions:

What work environments typify your company?

Not all work environments are the same. Is your environment dusty, high impact, wet, cold, hot, bright, dark, oily? If so then you need to arm your employees with an ultra-rugged mobile computer or industrial-rated workstation.

How many users per device?

Are you looking at multiple users over the course of a day, a single user with repeated use over the course of many hours? If so, a tablet may or may not work for you. The reality is that tablets were not built for hours of repeated use or multiple users simultaneously.

How many devices?

If you need a number of devices for multiple users in multiple locations then you’re in luck. Connectivity has never been easier.

How will you connect to your host?

Your host is your server. What type of network and path are you using to connect to your host? This will help determine whether you need devices armed with 3G or 4G wireless capability, WiFi, tethered or Bluetooth.

2. Select the right device for your business.

Now the question is, do you need a tablet, mobile computer or a device such as the Elo 1715L touch monitor? For our customers looking for a retail point-of-sale solution, seafood processors or industrial warehousing we provide a touchscreen desktop workstation with a sealed screen for water and dust resistance and an advanced temperature rating for hot and cold environments.

For companies that work in freezer environments, we supply the Psion OMNI or Workabout Pro 3 scanners. These scanners can withstand the abuse of cold storage environments.  The OMNI offers a non-condensing construction, which means it can go into and out of a freezer without the screen clouding over.

For our customers in the retail, warehousing, distribution, manufacturing and professional services industries we often provide tablet devices integrated with scanners and other network workstations.

3. Choose a tablet designed for business

If a tablet is the best choice for your company, you need the ET1 Enterprise Tablet from Motorola – $1,535 MSRP. For the money, the ET1 Enterprise Tablet from Motorola is our top pick for enterprise mobility in 2012. This functional and economical tablet packs security, durability and flexibility into one functional piece of hardware. Most of all, it’s a no-frills approach to enterprise and workforce mobility, allowing your business to operate in real-time and on demand. Now your business can be as agile as your customers.

Unlike other rugged tablet computers, the ET1 offers more versatility for more businesses:

  • Improve efficiency on the retail sales floor
  • Streamline your stockroom
  • Bring real-time data to the job site
  • Access information faster
  • Engage customers in real-time

Also, because the ET1 is able to run all the applications required to help your workforce accomplish every task, it far outperforms devices such as the iPad, which is generally geared toward entertainment and networking.