A recent study by research and consulting firm AMI shows that businesses that have added tablet computers to their mobile arsenals are more likely to use SaaS applications than those that are still sitting on the fence. Further, businesses
with a focus on mobilizing their workforces – using smartphones and laptop computers, in addition to tablets – see 40% higher revenue growth. Though tablets have yet to crack 3% penetration worldwide for SMBs, falling prices, widespread high-speed Internet access, and ever more capable cloud software offerings are expected to spur adoption in coming years.
Is That a Tablet in Your Inventory?
IT managers in firms that have yet to embrace tablet computing don’t have long to figure out a way to track what’s inevitably going to become a large part of their asset pools. Managers in markets that have been quick to embrace the new technology, such as healthcare, education, and hospitality, are right now scrambling to find solutions that are flexible enough to account for constantly moving tablets issued by the company, as well as employees’ BYO tablets and other mobile devices. And based on the results of AMI’s study, it’s a fair bet that a good number of them are looking to the cloud for answers not only to questions of collaboration and mobile productivity, but for device management, as well, both in terms of tracking mobile assets and tracking mobile assets with mobile assets.
A Device-Independent Solution for a Rapidly Changing Device Ecosystem
Whether tablets take a supporting role or become the dominant means of computing for SMBs, the time to get a handle on managing them is now. And since IT asset management itself is likely to be spread over traditional, relatively high-powered desktop systems and mobile devices, a cloud-based IT asset and service management solution’s centralized, yet device agnostic, approach presents a compelling option for businesses looking to future-proof their IT management.