Before you go out and buy that tablet, ask yourself if you really need an iPad for your office work. Here are some guide questions…
1. Do you open email attachments, or do you just read the body of the email?
2. Do you just surf to sites and watch videos?
If you answered YES to any of the two questions above, most likely you don’t really need your tablet in the workplace.
On the other hand…
- Do you need to refer to bulky manuals, plans, drawings, reports no matter where you are?
- Do you need to present information to 2 to 8 people regularly?
- Do you need to approve documents online (e.g., workflow) right away, even if you’re no where near a laptop or desktop?
- Do you have a reliable mobile internet broadband connection?
- Does your tablet have a passcode?
- Are the contents of your tablet encrypted?
Remember, all these Apple iPads, Windows tablets, or Android tabs are basically information CONSUMPTION devices.
They’re not really laptop replacements, particularly if you are the kind of person who writes a lot of reports, builds spreadsheets, or puts together PowerPoint presentations.
At the moment, I’m not too keen on supporting tablets in a corporate environment, unless the tablet owners are consultants or resource people who move around a lot, such as Doctors, Architects, or Contractors.