The great tablet flood of 2011: Are you ready?

Tablets are everywhere at CES 2011. How will your IT department navigate the coming flood of tablet devices?

If 3D television was the theme of last year's Consumer Electronics Show, tablets seem to be the central theme of CES 2011. I've seen dozens of new tablets from major hardware vendors such as Acer, Asus, Motorola, and Toshiba, and also from relative unknowns in the US, such as Hanvon.

Hanvon HPad A116 tabletMany are running Android. Some are running Windows 7. And, I've seen others that can dual boot both.

And while I'm glad to see competition in the tablet space, I can't help but wonder if IT departments are ready for this flood of new devices. If your organization already supports Android devices, will you support any tablet that runs Android—at least the software running on it? Will you try to standardize around a single manufacturer, wireless carrier, or operating system? Will you just say "no"?

Let me know what you think by taking the following quick polls and in the discussion thread below.


Bill Detwiler is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and Tech Pro Research and the host of Cracking Open, CNET and TechRepublic's popular online show. Prior to joining TechRepublic in 2000, Bill was an IT manager, database administrator, and desktop supp...

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