Enterprise still leaning toward traditional computers
Despite the enormous hype surrounding tablet computers and the clamor among business users for the new technology, laptop and desktop computers remain the top computing options among enterprises, according to tech news provider Computerworld.
The news source notes that tablets have already taken over the consumer world. As a result, many employees expect to see the ultra-portable devices in the workplace.
However, not all IT departments are ready to make the jump to tablets, and they are sticking with their reliable standbys until convinced otherwise.
"We need to make sure we have a good, solid business case before we start providing tablets. It has to be more than the cool factor," Bruce Smith, director of computing services at Indiana-based Cummins, tells Computerworld. "You have to ask, 'Why is it a business enabler?' Those are the questions we throw back at the business when they ask if we're going to provide them."
This isn't to say tablets aren't making headway in the enterprise sector. According to research firm Forrester, 30 percent of Fortune 500 companies in North America have already implemented the technology. However, tablets still have a ways to go before they become as ubiquitous as laptops or desktops.