IT Management Slideshow: 10 Tablets That Miss the Mark for CIOsBy Don Reisinger | Posted 08-30-2011
10 Tablets That Miss the Mark for CIOs
HPThe company's TouchPad never offered an enterprise-focused service that CIOs would want and HP focused most of its efforts on consumers. That simply doesn't fly.
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Research In MotionRIM's BlackBerry PlayBook is touted by the company a corporate-focused tablet. However, the device launched with the severe disadvantage of not allowing users to access core functions, including Email, without having a BlackBerry smartphone connected to it. Also, RIM itself seems confused on how to promote the device, which has so far excited neither consumers nor enterprise users.
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CiscoDoes anyone remember the Cisco Cius? Perhaps the device's biggest liability for corporate customers is its Android OS. CIOs don't like Android because of their fear of security problems, which puts the Cius at a significant disadvantage in the enterprise.
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AppleYes, even Apple belongs on this list. Like the company's other products, Apple's iPad is designed for consumers. If enterprise users want to jump on the bandwagon, Apple is more than happy about it. If not, Apple doesn't really seem to care. For CIOs, this philosophy is frustrating, to say the least.
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SamsungSamsung is selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1, a tablet that most would agree, is the best challenger yet to the iPad 2. However, like the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed for consumers. Even worse, it's running Android. That makes it a non-starter for CIOs.
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DellDell has never really understood the tablet market. Its first foray was a 5-inch, Android-based tablet that fell flat at launch. Now, the company has a 7-inch option. All along, Dell appears to have forgotten about the importance of the enterprise.
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AcerWith HP changing its business strategy, Acer has the opportunity to become the average CIO's favored provider. Instead, Acer is allowing its PC business to slip while its tablet operation is a joke. The company is doesn't come close to meeting the needs of CIOs. And that's a huge mistake.
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MicrosoftMicrosoft is arguably the only company in this roundup that understands what CIOs really need in a tablet -- namely productivity, usability, and compatibility with important software. So, why hasn't Microsoft offered up anything that really matters in the tablet market? This will reportedly come with Windows 8, but that's still a year away. So, for now, Microsoft makes the list of tablet contenders that are letting CIOs down.
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GoogleOn one hand, Google says that it wants to be an enterprise solution provider, and is trying to achieve that with cloud solutions and its Chrome operating system. Will its acquisition of Motorola Mobility bear fruit for the enterprise user? So far, Google has yet to deliver a version of Android that CIOs would even consider bringing to their operations.
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Motorola MobilitySpeaking of Motorola Mobility, the company's Xoom tablet never had a chance in the enterprise. CIOs looked at the Xoom, with its consumer focus and its Android OS, and immediately concluded that it wasn't right for them.
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What's a CIO to do?There's no denying that it's time to bring tablets into the enterprise. With all the contenders failing them in one way or another, what's a CIO to do? For now, the only reasonable option seems to be the iPad 2. The device has the best software and offers adequate enterprise features. If only Apple would do a better job of playing nice with CIOs.