Tablets may have taken over the enterprise and most of this issue, but they have not taken over this edit note. Why? No keyboard. I have a tablet, and am a speedy texter, but writing an entire document without QWERTY just doesn’t work for me. This, of course, is easily fixed with an accessory, and there’s even one featured on our Tools section. Though a tablet did not work in this case, they do for many others, and are literally taking over business.
Stats from our cover story show an increase of corporate-issued tablets, plus double-digit percentages of companies and consumers alike consider them desktop and/or laptop replacements. As an example of today's use cases, PepsiCo North America Beverages has enabled its direct store delivery ecosystem through an iPad solution.
Apple isn’t the only OS represented. Independence Blue Cross (IBX) CIO Sue Kozik is betting on Windows tablets in the future, and the Silicon Valley’s own, Vijay Sammeta CIO of the City of San Jose, names the Nexus 7 as his device of choice. Check out all the gadgets he “can’t live without”.
Rugged devices are the only option for certain environments, but can also offer a lower TCO for field sales and service functions when you consider, among other things, lower downtime and higher support. Find out what the “other” things are in this month’s supplement: Show Me the Rugged: Show Me the ROI.