Tablet innovation to be driven by SMBs, report says
As small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) establish their IT budgets for 2012, it is evident that many will be looking to adopt new technology. Tablet computers are sure to be on top of many IT wish lists, a trend that news provider ZDNet says could push the technology to new heights.
"I am a firm believer that the real innovation in mobile computing solutions continues to be driven by small businesses, because they don’t have to wait for all sorts of 'approvals' to bring in new technologies," writes ZDNet's Heather Clancy.
The reporter cites the example of internet calling service Skype™, which, she says, has become an "invaluable tool" for small businesses and their owners. When combining Skype -- or another internet calling service -- with a tablet, small business owners can conduct affordable, high-quality calls and video conferences without having to be tethered to their desks or mobile phones.
Small businesses have recognized this early, which immediately increased the value of the tablet in the workplace.
Tablets themselves are expected to see a number of changes in the new year, including the wider presence of multi-processor devices, 3D technology and the arrival of Microsoft® Windows® 8. As these developments take shape, it will be interesting to see whether SMBs remain on the forefront of tablet innovation.