Business Embraces Tablets-With Caution
The enterprise and small businesses are increasingly interested in supplying or supporting tablets for their employees. But CIOs and IT administrators are concerned about issues ranging from legacy apps to security.When it comes to tablets such as the Apple iPad, consumers want the ability to read their email, cruise the Web, download some apps and play games-or rather, one specific game that involves hurling some irate birds at nonplussed pigs. However, IT pros, whether they are working for a large enterprise or a small business, are looking at the tablet arena from a different direction: They want tablets that will play nice with their legacy infrastructure and applications, offer high security, and let users segregate any personal software and services (i.e., those angry birds) from their professional ones.
IT administrators working in specific fields, notably health care and construction, also want tablets that have long battery lives and are rugged enough to withstand bumps and falls.