At some point in the ancient times people started writing on clay tablets because it was important to capture accurate information beyond drawing on cave walls. They were important for the rulers of that time to keep track of taxes, population and food reserves, and for scholars to capture and leave behind knowledge for their students to grasp. Continuous innovation moved people to write on animal skin scrolls, silk and ultimately paper. In the last few years the circle completed… we are back to tablets.
Except this time the tablets we write on have beautiful screens and multi-touch capabilities. They are much more interactive and allow us to connect with each other via internet, allowing us to communicate, create and collaborate at thought speed. Nice! Yet, are all tablets created equal? And specifically, which ones can help today’s modern government and education institutions achieve their purpose?
Modern tablets, as opposed to the ancient clay ones, can and are expected to serve and empower not only their end-users, but also the organizations these users belong to by meeting security and manageability expectations that are common place for the best productivity tools that mankind developed so far: the PCs.
The meteoric rise of Android-based tablets in the consumer space, driven mainly by accessible prices points, made many people explore if such devices could be leveraged for Government and Education programs. Android-based tablets have a lot of obvious appeal considering low acquisition costs against tight public budgets. Yet, are there better choices out there?
A recent white paper from Microsoft compares Android vs Windows devices and shows that Windows devices are a superior choice, offering better security, a more productive experience for users AND an improved ability for IT to manage mobile devices WITHIN the boundaries of existing PC cost structure and technical infrastructure.
The paper looks at four areas critical to public sector and education – Ease of Use, Security, Productivity and Lifecycle – and found that Android-based solutions fall short on many aspects. Reading the 6 page paper will uncover them in detail, yet two stood out.. way out… the incredible fragmentation of the Android ecosystem and the significant difficulties to update and secure devices makes Android devices a risky proposition to consider. By contrast, the paper shows how Windows devices offer the path of least resistance for adoption of tablets for any organization that is serious not only about achieving mobility benefits, but also securing valuable (and often confidential) business information and controlling the IT costs. Read it, and let’s talk. We’d like to help!