Tablets Making Debut at CES Could Cause IT Support Headaches

As the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show approaches

on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas, word is

leaking out that dozens of new tablets will be shown at the trade show. Some of

them are simply new versions of existing tablets; some are new versions of

existing platforms (there will be a lot of new Android tablets); and some are

totally new.

With all these new devices comes another level of

complexity for the corporate IT departments that will be expected to integrate

them into the enterprise-computing environment.

Most of the new tablets are Android devices intended to

compete with the Samsung Galaxy Tab devices already on the market. These

devices will come from existing tablet vendors, including Verizon Wireless,

which has just reduced the price of its existing Galaxy Tab, perhaps to make

room in the tablet lineup for something new. There are also vendors new to

Android, such as Vizio, which is said to be launching a new smartphone and a

new Android tablet at CES. There will also be producers of Android tablets from

little-known manufacturers, some of which will offer very low-cost tablets with

limited capabilities.

Meanwhile, there will be other tablets. Hewlett-Packard

is expected to be showing, and perhaps announcing, the availability of, its

long-awaited WebOS-based tablet device. The company has already had a few

showings of prototypes, but at CES, many observers expect to see something

along the lines of what will actually ship in the near future. Lenovo,

meanwhile, will be announcing a tablet, but, so far, there’s no word on whether

this will run Android, Windows or something else.

Of course, everybody knows that Apple will be releasing

the iPad 2 this spring although it likely wonÂ’t be at CES.

So the problem for IT is going to be how to integrate

these tablets, or perhaps more specifically, whether to integrate all of them.

While nearly everything being released is Android-based, all versions of

Android are not equal. There will likely be some corners cut that could affect

the usefulness of these tablets in the enterprise.

For more, read the eWeek article: CES Tablet Debutants Likely to Cause IT Support Trouble.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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