Tactical Advice

5 Ways Businesses Use Tablets

Tablets are being put to work in creative and innovative ways by businesses around the country.
5 Ways Businesses Use Tablets

Small and medium-sized businesses have been some of the biggest adopters of tablets, as evidenced by the increasing number of businesses that have opted for a tablet upgrade. “We are seeing a wide variety of adoption scenarios,” says Leslie Fiering, research vice president for Gartner. Here are some of the ways SMBs have found tablets to be valuable:

1. Notebook Companion

With a tablet PC, executives and sales personnel have immediate access to e-mail, the web, calendars, video clips, company and product documentation, and other information they need during meetings or on the road without the weight or bulk of a regular notebook.

2. Vertical Applications

A tablet PC and a single app can boost productivity among mobile workers who have relied on pen and paper and traditional communication tools. This would include employees who work in quality assurance, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing, supply and logistics, insurance adjustment, and training.

57%

The percentage of business users who say that their tablet has fully or partially replaced their notebook for work-related activities

SOURCE: “The Business of Tablets” (Resolve Market Research, June 2011)

3. At-the-Ready Information

Many companies are using tablets as a way to have technical documentation and other product and company information at their fingertips.

4. Speeding the Sale

An iPad coupled with the free Square application is a handy tool for companies that sell products at trade shows, or even as a replacement for traditional cash registers. Meanwhile, a tablet paired with an electronic signature app can help company officials complete sales negotiations and close deals faster.

5. Out-of-the-Box Thinking

There is no limit to the possibilities tablets offer. For instance, a researcher uses Lenovo tablets to train dolphins; a solar-panel installation company provides iPads as customer-control devices; an insulation installer uses an iPad to calculate square footage and provide on-the-spot quotes; and a dog-training franchise has an iPad at the door so visitors can check themselves in.

For more on businesses and tablet computing, read our story "Tablets Give Mobile Workers an Edge."

Sign up for our e-newsletter

Security

Heartbleed: What Should Your... |
One of the biggest security vulnerabilities has almost every user and every industry...
Why Businesses Need a Next-G... |
Devices investigate patterns that could indicate malicious activity.
Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....

Storage

The New Backup Utility Proce... |
Just getting used to the Windows 8 workflow? Prepare for a change.
How to Perform Traditional W... |
With previous versions going unused, Microsoft radically reimagined the backup utility in...
5 Easy Ways to Build a Bette... |
While large enterprises have the resources of an entire IT department behind them, these...

Infrastructure Optimization

Businesses Must Step Careful... |
Slow and steady wins the race as businesses migrate IT operations to service providers,...
Why Cloud Security Is More E... |
Cloud protection services enable companies to keep up with security threats while...
Ensure Uptime Is in Your Dat... |
Power and cooling solutions support disaster recovery and create cost savings and...

Networking

Securing the Internet of Thi... |
As excitement around the connected-device future grows, technology vendors seek ways to...
How to Maximize WAN Bandwidt... |
Understand six common problems that plague wide area networks — and how to address them.
Linksys Makes a Comeback in... |
The networking vendor introduced several new Smart Switch products at Interop this week.

Mobile & Wireless

Mobility: A Foundational Pie... |
Other technologies rely on mobile computing, which has the power to change lives, Lextech...
Now that Office for iPad Is... |
After waiting awhile for Microsoft’s productivity suite to arrive, professionals who use...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.

Hardware & Software

Review: HP TippingPoint S105... |
Next-generation firewall can easily replace a stand-alone intrusion prevention system....
New Challenges in Software M... |
IT trends such as cloud, virtualization and BYOD pose serious hurdles for software...
Visualization Can Help Busin... |
Companies need to put their data in formats that make it consumable anytime, anywhere.