The iPad may be trouncing the tablet competition in the enterprise sector to date, but Cisco is poised to release the Android-based Cius tablet on July 31. The device is highly focused on the enterprise and designed to deliver virtual desktop integration with a range of Cisco collaboration and communication applications.
Recently, I wrote about the debate I was having with myself over whether to finally succumb to temptation and purchase a smartphone. Several readers said that they shared my concerns. Others did not. Of those, the general consensus was that I should just turn the damn thing off when I didn’t want to be bothered by it. I don’t think it will be so quite so simple in practice.
What the market really needs is a good ruggedized tablet device that is based on a mainstream OS, like Android, that will give the iPad a run for its money. It also needs device makers to stop worrying about how their tablets stack up to the iPad.
As helpful as traditional laptops have been, CDW-G’s Joe Mangano said he believes user-friendly tablet devices may soon be the tool of choice for field workers in the government sector. Such devices, armed with the proper applications and appropriate connectivity, promise to help employees be more efficiently productive at a time when governments are being asked to do more with fewer resources.
Simply, consumer devices don’t cut it in terms of durability and battery life in the enterprise. David Krebs, analyst with VDC Research, says that as more enterprises embrace smartphones, the demand for more-ruggedized versions that can last longer will grow. Already, vendors are moving to meet this demand.