Originally Posted by Aaron Goldberg, Tablets at Work Blog
When we start to talk about using tablets in an enterprise, one of the first things that must be understood is that the tablets we all know and love are not industrial-strength designs focused on the needs of a commercial organization. Rather, these are consumer-first products that have real limitations when it comes to using them for business. And this isn’t just a hardware discussion, although there are some key hardware differences.
1. Operating System
The first large difference that has to be addressed is the operating system. And the operating system is dramatically impacted depending on what the tablet is used for. Consumer tablets are for browsing, running little apps, games, and generally “light-weight” work.Continue reading "The 3 Key Differences Between a Consumer and Industrial-Strength Tablet"
Originally Posted by Kristin Bent, CRN
Apple, Lenovo Face Off
There’s no doubt that the iPad has taken the tablet market by storm. Its sprawling collection of apps and eye-catching display have made it the clear-cut winner in the consumer market. And with the bring-your-own-device trend picking up the pace, Apple’s flagship tablet has been inching its way into the hearts of enterprise users, as well.
But, there’s a new tablet in town that may just have what it takes to de-throne the almighty iPad: Lenovo’s ThinkPad Tablet 2. Running Windows 8 and sporting a long list of security features sure to make IT teams smile, Lenovo’s latest gadget could rise to become the ultimate business-ready tablet.Continue reading "Enterprise War: iPad vs. Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2"
Bryant University is a student-centered university focused on academic excellence that prepares its students to achieve their personal best in life and their chosen profession. As part of their ongoing commitment to innovation, Bryant launched a pilot program with Lenovo to focus on improving student learning through tablet PC integration.Continue reading "Bryant University: Tablets in Higher Education"
Just as tablet sales in the consumer market have skyrocketed, data shows that adoption of tablets in government agencies will continue to increase, creating productivity improvements along the way.
Government technology information resource MeriTalk predicts that seven percent of all federal workers will be using tablets by the end of 2012, and it expects the number to increase to 19 percent by the end of 2013. But unlike the consumer market—where the tablet is primarily used to access movies, games and other entertainment—the key driver of tablet adoption in government agencies is improved employee productivity.Continue reading "Tablets Deliver Impressive Productivity Gains to Government Agencies"
Field employees, such as building inspectors and code enforcers, can reap enormous benefits from using mobile computer devices. By eliminating time-consuming workflows that rely on manual, paper-based processes, mobile devices help inspection agencies improve operations and service delivery, while enabling them to increase revenue and lower costs.Continue reading "How Are Tablets & Laptops Transforming Building Inspection Workflow?"
The adoption of mobile devices among college students (and faculty) is leading to an increasing demand for mobile apps on campuses across the country. How you decide to deal with this opportunity can have a big influence on enrollment and how students perceive your college brand.
Students who’ve grown up as “digital natives” in a world of pervasive technology expect to use their mobile devices to conduct campus transactions and access an array of resources.Continue reading "Demand for Mobile Apps Grows in Higher Ed"
Originally Posted by Avram Piltch, LAPTOP
One great thing about the Intel booth at Computex Taipei: you never know what unreleased product might suddenly appear there. This morning, we visited the booth and spotted an Intel rep demonstrating the power of its next-generation Atom processor on an as-yet-unannounced Lenovo Thinkpad tablet.
Though Intel reps would not tell us much about the product and did not know its model name or number, they did confirm that it has a 10.1-inch screen that is “HD” but not “full HD.” They showed the Thinkpad tablet running Windows 8 and we were impressed with not only how smooth it seemed playing video and swiping through Metro, but with how sharp the images looked. When the Intel rep launched into desktop mode and opened an Excel spreadsheet, we were able to see 13 columns clearly in landscape mode.
Last year, we were really impressed with the Android-powered Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet. This new ThinkPad tablet appeared thinner, though we were not able to touch it. The back also featured an attractive matte finish with the ThinkPad logo while the front was extremely glossy. As you might expect, both sides had webcams. There’s no word on whether, like its predecessor, the new ThinkPad tablet will have a stylus.
We look forward to learning more about the new ThinkPad tablet when Lenovo decides to share more details. In the meantime, check out the video and photos for a closer look.Continue reading "Windows 8-Powered ThinkPad Tablet Spotted at Computex"
Just last October, the U.S. Department of Defense approved an Android-based mobile OS for its military networks, and it’s not hard to see why.
With access to the Android ecosystem, members of the military will have access to information on their mobile tablets or PCs covering everything from high-level command and control programs to terrain data mapping.
Because Android is open source, the National Security Agency (NSA) was able to create a custom build of the OS, called Security Enhanced Android, which was certified by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) in October of last year. This build is expected to be the foundation for more, typically branch-specific iterations as tablets continue to prove their efficacy on the battlefield.
But in particular, tablets are showing great potential with two main areas of modern combat: situational awareness and remote troop management.Continue reading "How the Military is Using Android Tablets"
At CTIA Wireless 2012, cool cars and colorful cases were on display to attract consumer product buyers. However, corporate buyers are attracted to mobile solutions that improve worker productivity and work/life balance. This is according to the recent Strategy Analytics Q1 2012 survey of 1750 organizations in the US, UK, France, Germany, China, India and Brazil representing more than ten industries.
Key findings from the survey may be found in the Strategy Analytics Mobile Workforce Strategies service report, “Enterprise Mobility Market 2012 & Beyond,” including…
Originally Posted by MarketWatch
Lenovo is working with chip maker Intel on a future ThinkPad tablet based on Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, a Lenovo executive said.
The release of an Intel-based ThinkPad tablet depends on when Microsoft releases Windows 8, said Dilip Bhatia, vice president and general manager of the ThinkPad business unit, in an interview. He declined to provide a specific date, though Windows 8 is expected to come out later this year.
Chips based on the x86 architecture such as processors from Intel provide many advantages to business customers, who are Lenovo’s targets with ThinkPad tablets, Bhatia said.
Originally Posted by ComputerWorldContinue reading "Enterprise Mobility Roundup: Mobile Workforce Survey, ThinkPad Win 8 Tablet"