Tablets affording mobile workers more flexibility, report says
Of all the benefits that tablet computers can bring to the workplace, perhaps the most apparent, according to a report from news provider CIO magazine, is the technology's ability to set mobile workers free.
Nearly every aspect of the tablet contributes to this notion. The slim and lightweight design means the device is more portable and can be carried virtually anywhere without being a burden. WiFi and cellular connectivity means mobile employees can access corporate data at all times. And fast boot time creates a truly efficient computing device.
The news provider cites the case of Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche, which in July 2011 launched an initiative to roll out 8,000 tablet computers for its employees. Among the employees to benefit the most from the technology, according to the report, are sales representatives, who are able to work more efficiently and give more thorough pitches thanks to the tablet.
Tablet computers do have some obstacles in the enterprise -- namely security and cost. However, as the technology becomes more popular among consumers, experts believe it will soar in the workplace as well, providing companies with an extra tool to get the job done.