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Distributors are increasingly adopting tablets, including the iPad, for traveling executives and their outside salespeople.
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Forrester Research recently published a report that anticipates a dramatic increase in tablets sold globally over the next four years – it says the number will grow from 56 million sold in 2011 to 375 million purchased in 2016. The company expects 760 tablets to be in use by that time.
One-third of tablets purchased will be sold directly to business, according to Forrester.
The convenience of tablets can’t be disputed – even if they aren’t the most powerful option available to businesses. But are some businesses jumping in too soon? What are the implications of this fast adoption rate?
The five mistakes are:
1. Failing to have a plan before rolling out tablets. Test tablets out in a small group of employees, learn from that and then move forward.
2. Not understanding what tablets are good for. I would note that tablets are not going to replace laptops or desktops. Also consider that not all programs will work on a tablet.
3. Expecting to get all the apps you need easily. The article provides an example of a kayak maker that could not find tablet-specific applications that would meet its production management needs.
4. Thinking tablets are cheaper than laptops. This is not necessarily the case. While $500 may be cheaper than most laptops, tablets have to be replaced more often, according to the article, and the wireless connections and apps also cost money.
5. Misjudging the ease of support and security. This is an issue I’ve heard many distributors talk about when it comes to mobile devices in general. Can IT remotely wipe devices if they get stolen? What happens if employees download programs on their own, causing problems when you need to update systems?
Read more about common mistakes made with tablets in the WSJ article.