Majority of Corporate WorkForce will use Tablets in 2yrs
Thorsten Heins made this statement but this is not his prediction its a trend already beginning with the iPad. A Smartphone &/Or a Tablet will be good enough for 50-60% of mobile workers in a corporate enterprise.
Lets look at the facts:
1. Corporations spend huge amounts of dollars on Laptops. These are NOT the best hardware (clearly underpowered video cards), but they have warranty’s and specific features geared to the enterprise.
Dell Latitude E6320/E6420 $1499CAN
Dell U2412M 24″ LCD $369.00CAN
Dell E-Port Replicator with 130-Watt Power Adapter Cord $159.99CAN
Total for 1 user is: $2027.
Lets also look at their mobile device of choice.
16GB $179.00CAN on 3yr Contract / $699 Retail.
32GB $279.00CAN on 3yr Contract / $799 Retail.
64GB $379.00CAN on 3yr Contract / $899 Retail.
Now lets consider the typical Canadian provider corporate contract on Rogers Wireless …. $125/mth per person: 250 Daytime Minutes, Unlimited Evenings/Wkeends starting at 6PM, National Local Calling in Canada, Billing per minute (OUCH), and 100 SMS (IN/OUT)
But this is just the hardware. Another measurement for a user in a business is how much does it cost for this user to be productive. This is quite hard to pin down so I cannot even begin to speculate as it varies on job type and expected tasks to be completed per person per day per industry. I good friend & mentor brought this to my awareness (thanks buddy).
Lets focus on the products. Tablets themselves as you know are roughly 50%-75% on the high-end the costs of laptops; Ad a few accessories to make them productive for data entry and you can still beat the retail price (on volume) for a business laptop per user.
Now the REAL savings will come on the choice of hardware a business will standardize on. Considerably if they choose to pay for that hardware OR they adopt the common bring your own device paradigm we’re seeing being supported in the business world, even enticed … however many of these business pay for the retail costs.
Does anyone out there have any idea the costs of operating a mobile phone plan in Canada while roaming internationally … say without a cost-saving international roaming data plan to the tune of 30-75MB on an iPhone?
Take a guess. I’m waiting … nope, nope … that’s getting warmer, close …. try $6000 for Italy & France (1wk each totalling 2wks). WTF you say?!
Think of the applications that use data today … their have full C++/HTML5 data consumption/streaming abilities … this is not your pops’ feature phone nor smartphone here. Android, Windows Phone 7/7.5/8, and iOS iPhone/iPads consume data without regard to WHOM is paying for it. That is you!
Many pundits, or industry analysts laughed at RIM just 8mths ago drumming to the tune about data compression and security of their NOC.
Data compression for our mobile devices is MORE important today than it ever has been! The fater HSPA+ & LTE networks means you as a user consume MORE data at a much faster rate in 50/75% less time then you would just 4-5yrs ago. This means more efficiency is expected of you as a worker.
Let us now consider its cheaper on power consumption over the course of a day and more significantly a year for this office/mobile worker (there is no distinction any longer), to have a tablet, a smartphone, maybe a larger external screen with keyboard and mouse/trackpad in the office or just the Smartphone+Tablet combo when mobile and connect to a powerful server and network to a Citrix Server that can host your work environment, applications, intranet resources like Notes Symphony, MS SharePoint, Bloomberg, Reuters Pro, Excel, Access, etc as if it were a desktop/laptop workstation. The server can handle the computational powered tasks and graphics intensive tasks (to a point) and not the hardware you’re using. Think of you loosing said mobile devices that are managed in the cloud that can be securely wiped and replaced at a much cheaper cost, even if carelessly damaged.
Lastly, consider the costs of using a smartphone & tablet solution using mobile carrier data with VPN because on their own have NO infrastructure to maintain a secure, behind the firewall access to resources. VPN slows the data because it secures each bit, yet this means more data use for less data you’re actually using = less productivity.