When choosing devices for collecting information remotely, companies would be wise to select tablets for the task, Rod Hodgman wrote in an October 26 blog post.
Even though tablets such as the iPad were initially marketed and sold as consumer devices meant for casual web browsing and answering emails, the mobile devices have great potential in enterprise settings as well. According to a December 2011 report from Accenture, 25 percent to 35 percent of all tablets sold will be for business use over the next few years, primarily because the devices allow for easy access of many business applications.
According to Hodgman, a tablet is one of the most ideal data collection tools because of its computing power and its inherent portability. Regardless of end users' physical location, they can utilize a tablet in conjunction with wireless internet connectivity to access data collection applications.
"It’s clear that the use of tablets to enable sales and services teams to collect information will significantly lower costs, increases efficiency, and improve the quality of information being [fed] into your back-end systems," Hodgman wrote.