A recent article posted by eWeek, The Business Case for Tablets, caught my interest in that the article started off with a prediction by Blackberry CEO Thorston Heins about the future of tablets.
“In five years, I don’t think there’ll be a reason to have a tablet anymore.”
This article piqued my interest because it was a prediction far to the contrary of most other discussions regarding tablets. Tablets are a huge boon, and have replaced the laptop or desktop for many.
As the article states, if you are in an administrative role, you are probably not going to use a tablet to create documents and spreadsheets. For a profession that is more on the go, such as healthcare or sales, the tablet can be a powerful tool, especially if given the right apps to use.
“Without the right applications, tablets are just a fancy Internet browser that you can carry around,” Ted Schadler, Forrester vice president and principal analyst
When we’re talking with companies, and the topic of tablets comes up, it is usually in the context of remote sales entry, or inventory management at a customer’s site. Distributors want their sales people to be able to have a tool (tablet) with an internet connection so that they have information regarding that customer available when they are at that customer’s location. While at the customer’s location, why not check their inventory of your items and place the order right from the tablet as they are onsite?