Tablets for Business: 10 Ways They Are Changing the Corporate World
1. The Mobility Factor
Tablets have helped business users become more mobile. Admittedly, the average employee was productive while on-the-go before tablets were so popular. But tablets tend to offer a smaller footprint than notebooks, they're lighter, and they're easier to break out and get work done on than their physical-keyboard-equipped counterparts. That has helped tablets gain popularity in the corporate world, and subsequently push other mobile devices out of the mix for companies that need simple functionality and more mobility.
Tablets took center stage at 2011's Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Companies both big and small unveiled their ideas for competing with Apple's iPad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab in the months and years ahead. Whether or not they offer a worthwhile solution to customer needs is still up for debate. With Apple dominating the space, overcoming its immense sphere of influence may be difficult. But as the new products at CES proved, tablets have become extremely important to consumers. And they're just as important to enterprise customers. Last year ushered in a new era of computing in the enterprise, and 2011, especially with the entrance of several enterprise-focused tablets, could be an even hotter year for tablets in the corporate world. And perhaps most importantly, tablets will continue to change the corporate world in some dramatic and surprising ways. Here's a look at how tablets are changing the enterprise and will continue to do so in the coming years.