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Call for writers: Tablets in the Enterprise

TechRepublic is looking for a few good writers on the subject of putting tablets to use in a business environment. Read the details here.

Tablets are one of the hottest new form factors in computing, and they offer people a new way to interface with data and applications. TechRepublic is looking for bloggers to write tips and tutorials for how tablets can be put to use in a business environment.

If you're interested in writing for TechRepublic's Tablets in the Enterprise blog, please email me (sonja dot thompson at cbs dot com) with tablet topics that you'd like to write about.

Even if you aren’t interested in becoming a TechRepublic contributor, please post your suggestions about what tablet topics you’d like us to cover.

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

5 comments
Randy Hagan
Randy Hagan

Or are you just looking for free ideas?

Architect
Architect

We're looking at using iPads as part of our space inventory system tied to a GIS map of a 300+ building campus, where you can pick a building, drill down to a floor plan in a building, pick an invidual office/classroom/lab and find out the square footage, who it's assigned to, what department it's assigned to etc... Same GIS map system can be tied to Preventive Maintenance of said facilities, where a maintenance worker drills down to see what needs to be maintained in a building, on a floor or in a room, the schedule for maintenance, and the materials needed for said maintenance, and any longtime recurring problems.

chdchan
chdchan

I like a tablet because it is really slim, light, intuitive UI, cheap apps, best with GPS, no boot-up delay and like an actual notepad. But hate it for its lack of CPU speed, no Flash for iPad, few with LAN, missing a tactile keyboard to type fast and an arrow cursor when projected for demo.

bjdtis
bjdtis

It would be nice to have a look at just what differentiates the tablet in a business sense, and how it is likely to actually be used in the enterprise. This is not just about whether it replaces or supplements, but also about the specific characteristics of use that will make it an effective tool.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

How do you handle these requirements now? Do the workers have to carry (possibly outdated) paper floor plans and material lists? Do they travel back and forth to desktops to view and print plans and lists, or call someone for the information? Do they use laptops, and the tablets will provide a better-suited content consumption platform? Will you be using a 3G / 4G connection, or does the campus have a sufficient WiFi network? This sounds like a perfect application aimed at those who view data far more than they enter it.

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