Would you even consider a piece of Hardware if it was sold as a Functional Form Factor with a 486 CPU and a Special OS to make it appear fast enough?
When I say Play Toy it means a Low Powered Device not capable of using the newest software or powerful enough to do the Job that the "Real Machines" do, and here I use that term very loosely.
Me and my "toy" can access workstations and servers using LogMeIn or GoToManage, run SSH commands on my hosting servers, can access my GMS system for a quick peak at a system status, plus access my accounts to transfer funds or perform other business.
Yep I know what's possible but is that
A A good thing?
B Something you would consider letting your End Users Use?
C Something you want every boy and their dog in the business using and completely screwing your Security?
plus access my accounts to transfer funds or perform other business
So what AV Product are you using to prevent your Bank Account Details being Stolen and someone else logging in with your Details and taking your Money?
Of course if you are running around buying every new piece of Tech then you probably don't have any money to be stolen but here at least Banks only will refund Money removed from your Accounts if there is a "Screw Up" on their side of the Security Maze. If you allow your Tech to get Infected and that leads to the loss it's on your Shoulders and rightly so.
OH did I mention that I do a Lot of Bank Security at the High End and am the one called in to fix up what their own people mess up?
Just how useful is your Low Powered Tech when it's running a Full Time AV Product to prevent Infection? Taking 3 hours to have 1 keystroke appear isn't my idea of being useful, but then again I can't waste several days just to enter a Command String to see a 3 Nanosecond response.
I can also track TechRepublic on my "toy", plus download PDF's and other documentation that I need at close hand when working on a system--whether it's configuration notes, troubleshooting information, or technical data.
So how much are you paying to do this? Yep I know you are Hacking into the Companies WiFi and throwing it open to all sorts of attacks because you have a Unsecured Device logging in on a Secured WiFi right infecting the entire system?
Naturally you're not using the 3/4G capabilities of the device because it's way too expensive to use something like that for something as meaningless as actual work. But then again if the company is paying just how sustainable do you think it really is?
Plus, as far as "medical apps" go, it makes for great marketing yet it hasn't fit in yet for that vertical where I'm involved.
These things simply do not have enough processing power to run a Medical App they can at best run part of the Application like Prescribing where the Drugs that the Quack wants used are recorded in the Main System over the WiFi in the Hospital but when it comes to Printing them out there is a bit of Difficulty, so we just give everyone one of these things and that's the answer right?
And yes, I've dropped one--shattering the screen (although it still worked!) requiring me to recycle it with Apple on a discounted cost for its replacement.
So who's responsible for Tracking the Hardware that the Company Owns? I'm betting that they just love it needing to change Serial Numbers and so on over every time a Battery Dies and the entire unit needs replacing. Best hope that Sony doesn't have another batch of Faulty Batteries again where they burst into flames because it's way too difficult recalling every Tablet in the place and replacing them.
Sure you do it at a Discount but then again Companies buy at a Discount, they don't pay retail for anything if they have even a part way professional Accounts Team.
The Apple Discount is still more than what the company paid for the thing to begin with and this is where Apple in this case make money on these devices in that environment. They give them away and charge "Standard" Repair Rates when it's cheaper for the business to just throw it into the Bin and buy another at their Company Buying Price direct from Apple. Though that screws their Security right up because the Data on the Storage is still there. Of course giving it to Apple to have to do what they like with isn't any better either.
Here I wasn't specifically singling Apple out but referring to all Slate Devices which I might add are not a new phenomenon they where here long before the iPad was designed just not well used or accepted because of their price and limitations.
iPad in Enterprise? Yes and No--but certainly not just "No". .
I actually said if you care to look
"No, if anything it's the other way around. Because the iPads can not run the software that is run on the Desktops the end users treat them as the toy that they are."
Here No means that they are not wanted and the fact that they are limited by what the End Users Want, is what is the End User doesn't want. Being Portable may suit some but the End Users that I support are not mobile mostly and the few that are need much more processing power to do their job.
Because the current generation of Slates are Low Powered Devices the Users call them "Toys" and that is the prospective I was replying from. I have one Mobile Sales Person who sells Heavy Earthmoving Equipment who has been known to run a 40 Ton Excavator Track over a NB that didn't do what he wanted. Just how long do you honestly think that a Current Generation Slate would suit his particular needs? This crowd is also just as likely to take a swing at you for messing up a sale that the Hardware you supplied fouled up on, than to blame the hardware or Shock Horror them self.
Currently Slates have their place but I really have not seen any place yet in Business where that is and to be perfectly honest who did Apple design the iPad for? The Corporate User or the Domestic User?
Apple specifically target the Home User with their devices and have made no attempt to push the Business Community into adopting their products. It's the Company CEO's and other Board members who buy a iPad or similar and then want to use it in their business because they like it, think it would be Cool, or just want to attempt to justify their new "Play Toy."
I've one CEO who insists that his iPod is a Must Have work tool because it allows him to listen to his recorded information when on Plane Flights so he arrives at the other end refreshed and ready to go. That is a 80 Gig iPod loaded with 60 Gig of Music. Yep if it was allowed to play from start to finish it would take over a year to play each song once.
There is a very big difference between actually needing something to do your work and attempting to Justify the need of a Device you want.
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