Executive's guide to tablets in the enterprise (free ebook)

Executive's guide to tablets in the enterprise (free ebook)

Summary: Tablets are becoming entrenched in the workplace, proving their worth in a number of business scenarios. This ebook looks at the tablet landscape, both present and future, and how the devices are boosting productivity — or not.


In its relatively short history, the tablet has gone from a science-fiction gimmick to an overhyped novelty to a mainstay of mobile communication and business productivity. Not everyone is a tablet fan, of course — and not every situation or task is well served by the tablet's functionality and form factor. Yet the tablet's rise in popularity and adoption as a tool for mobile business users has been phenomenal, thanks in part to BYOD and to increasingly sophisticated design, power, and flexibility.

Research analyst Forrester said that tablets "have hit hyper-growth" and predicts that by 2017, sales worldwide will reach 381 million units—with enterprises accounting for 18 percent of purchases. Definitely a trend to be reckoned with.

This guide from ZDNet and TechRepublic looks at the evolution of tablet computing, how the various platforms and vendors are faring, and what to expect in the years ahead. It also examines some of the ways tablets are being used in the enterprise, how they can enhance business productivity, and where they may fall short.


The ebook is available as a free PDF download for registered ZDNet and TechRepublic members. If you're not already a member, you can click here to register. It only takes a moment.

Topics: Tablets: Where's the Productivity?, Tablets

Jody Gilbert

About Jody Gilbert

Jody Gilbert has been writing and editing technical articles for the past 25 years. She was part of the team that launched TechRepublic and is now senior editor for Tech Pro Research.

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  • Productivity is a stretch

    As far as BYOD tablets go, maybe a Surface tablet can be productive. But iPad - no way - unless you consider checking Facebook productive.
    Sean Foley
    • Do you mean that there is no Facebook app for Surface?

      Yeah, why bother with evidence when you can shill and troll.

      If Surface was so damn good, it would be the leading tablet. Instead, it is far in the distance, selling in years what Apple and Android sell in a weekend. There is arguably one reason why Surface has largely been rejected across the board - the awful Windows 8 interface. Whilst ever MS perseveres with that abomination, Surface will remain but a feint thought in the minds of those who want a decent tablet.

      Time for you to move on to your next ZDNet article to continue your shilling and trolling . . . oh, I see, you've already done that!