Which tablet is really right for your business?

I once heard a business owner say we equip all of our staff with IPad, “its apple and the best thing”. Okay, after the grinding of teeth I let him demonstrate how he uses his tablet for business.

To be fair, I was impressed to see Office on there (a fairly standard and essential item of business software) but was slightly concerned to see his iTunes music collection and various games. The response “kids eh?” was slightly more concerning to be honest!

If you are going to do business work on a tablet, the Ipad may be fine for your needs, but I would prefer the Windows tablet any day in my humble opinion. Apple still seem to be the one size fits all, even though there’s various sizes of Ipad, its  either that or a MacBook if you’re needing the keyboard.

Windows offers a wider variety of tablet, the surface and the 2in1 which can take on both roles, so you can get a device that more suited to your needs light/causal right up to heavy processor.

In addition to that here’s some other advantages I noted:-

Encryption of data.

I lost count of the number of time I’ve seen the “this person stole my phone” message in social media, where the culprit has a photo taken of themselves and broadcast on the internet. Granted tablets are slightly different but the question of security  has to be the most important

Windows 10 enables you to encrypt files to protect from unauthorized access, but also allows for encryption of entire drives, meaning that should the tablet be lost or stolen it’s a worthless item for the person who took/found it, and more importantly your data is secure

Shared device

User Account Control has been in existence on windows by default since Vista, and is a handy control to allow Tom, Dick, and Harry to have their own personal tablet.

Granted there are additional apps that allow Ipad some account control, but not everything is really controlled. UAC has some real advantages allowing accounts to be Microsoft enabled to download apps etc. Or, standard local users. In addition to that there’s the administrator and standard user choice too. Securing your tablet from having apps etc. loaded onto to it without your knowledge.

 

Multi tasking?

Okay I’ll go into this further in a later article, but the Windows tablet features snap allowing you to work with two programs side by side.

Change the mode of the tablet to desktop mode (simple option) and you can snap 4 windows. Use the multiple desktop option from the tool bar (in desktop mode) and you can have another desktop and snap all over again. It also gets better you can transfer active windows, between multiple desktops.

To a degree the I need multiple monitors argument goes out of the window (pardon the pun)

 

File Management

Since the dawn of time.. Ok, well not really but Windows File manager has been around for a while through the various incarnations of Windows, no need to download and learn an extra app as you’d have to with Ipad. Once again I’ve sung it’s praises but the offering of Onedrive cloud storage, allows you access to data both on and off line too.

 

Legacy browsing

Like it or not the need for speed browser options sometimes fall flat when you using apps that have certain requirements. Yes, Microsoft are pushing Edge browser, but like Chrome which is now removing its add ins, your limited to extras that may be required.

IE 11 is still available in Windows 10, as it has to cater to the enterprise market. Java, active X although not considered back doors to intrusion, is still widely used by commercial software. (it’s also secure if you adjust settings trust me!) .

You can use both, under Windows with no fuss, so you have the need for speed option and good old faithful as and when needed. Noice option too, if you’re using Edge and come up against a “wall” take the option open page in IE and the trade over begins

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Utilising Cloud IT

Utilising “Cloud IT” and having a well-supported IT system for small businesses makes for a lot easier, faster and smoother running IT system. Also with the current price war with cloud providers, it makes economic sense.

By utilising cloud computing, and its advantages of SaaS company’s big or small can run equivalent software systems that large company’s do without a huge bill for expensive hardware or a dedicated in house round-the-clock IT team

In the past, the majority of small business could only afford cheap servers and software that is less reliable and secure. When events like the system going down, the harassed IT guy might take hours to rectify the issue and get the system back up and running

Small business can now look elsewhere with the advantage of Cloud and look to replace old in-house servers and subscribe to cloud-based systems for not only they’re basic IT needs (office 365, email etc.) but their vertical software requirements too.

What was an expensive investment to deploy can now be at your fingertips for a low cost simple monthly fee. For small subscription fees, cloud-based services bring SMEs the economies of scale that only huge companies or multi-national corporations used to enjoy.

It has now become so affordable, a fraction of the price it used to be, to give your business a more stable and cutting edge IT department that the big companies enjoy. This advantage applies not just to email and word-processing, but to the necessary back-office chores from leave management and approval, to travel and expense claims and time-tracking. Right up to heavy dedicated mainstream applications such as administration, payroll, financial, engineering etc etc.

The change in computing practices out of the dedicated office and the growing access everywhere to the cloud means harnessing IT (instead of suffering it) essentially giving small businesses a better competitive edge.

Moving your IT department into the cloud means that your IT needs are no longer the domain of just one IT personnel, but entire teams in the background. Also it doesn’t make your internal IT redundant, but gives them better time for other tasks and projects (you still need someone internal to assist with the setup and occasional maintenance/changes to the cloud.

The majority of the large commercial Cloud providers such as Azure, Google and other business dedicated providers boast a  99.9 per cent uptime without small business having to suffer headaches and stress thro time lost when an in-house system, was maintained, as majority of cloud maintenance is invisble to the end small business user. With maintenance carried out outside of work hours, or swapped over to back up servers, whilst your server is being upgraded etc.

Having access from anywhere, and now via any device, opens up cheap and flexible IT use, all for the price of the subscription Cloud service and that of a good internet connection. Also by paying via subscription based, cloud can be scaled up or down depending on how the number of users, the amount of business required (e.g small companies don’t need to run payroll every day of the month for example) so look at subscriptions that offer pay as you use, rather than just flat monthly rate charges

If your existing systems stop you from getting your IT needs fulfilled then do look at Cloud seriously as an option, as  Cloud applications and IT offer real alternatives and improvements.