2It’s All About Tablets
3Budgets Are Constrained
4The Cloud Is the Best Investment
So, why does investing in Ultrabooks not make much sense? Blame it on the other investment opportunities out there. And chief among those investment opportunities might just be cloud-based solutions. A wide array of providers are offering cloud solutions that increase productivity and merge a company’s many offline assets into a single service. Don’t overlook the value of the cloud and its greater importance to companies than Ultrabooks.
5Prices Remain High
6Windows 8 Is Flawed
Thanks to its close partnership with Microsoft, Intel has optimized Ultrabooks to work with Windows 8. If that operating system was more appealing to enterprise customers, that capability would be a good thing. Unfortunately, Windows 8 is deeply flawed and the enterprise is staying away. That means Ultrabooks might not be the average company’s best bet.
7Mobility, to a Point
It’s clear that Ultrabooks were designed to be mobile companions for busy people. However, the devices, while nice and thin, aren’t nearly as mobile as those of their tablet competitors. And when comparing them to Apple’s MacBook Air, there’s hardly a comparison that can be drawn. Mobility is certainly improved with Ultrabooks, but it’s not a major upgrade.
8Improvements Are Coming
According to Intel, late-2013 and early 2014 will be an important window for Ultrabooks. During that period, the company expects vendors to start bringing prices down quickly, and Ultrabooks will come with some enhancements to battery life and power that could make them more appealing. Until then, IT shouldn’t invest in Ultrabooks.
9Notebooks Are Still Close
The interesting thing about the mobile space is that Ultrabooks aren’t nearly as different from lightweight notebooks as Intel would have customers believe. Today’s mobile notebooks are lightweight and extremely thin, and come with powerful components. Best of all, they’re far less expensive. In other words, notebooks are still great options for companies.
10Don’t Forget the Macs
In an earlier slide, the MacBook Air was mentioned. But the device deserves its own slide, considering it’s the computer that started Intel’s Ultrabook plans. More importantly, it’s the computer that the IT side would consider as an alternative to Ultrabooks. Perhaps most importantly, the device is high-powered, well-built, and at $999, in line with Ultrabook pricing.
11Are They Truly Corporate-Focused?
The enterprise must ask itself a question: Are Ultrabooks truly designed for the corporate world? Judging by the marketing, the vendor designs and Intel’s own admissions, it appears that Ultrabooks are designed for consumers first. And in a corporate world where productivity matters, consumer-focused products just don’t hold up.