Smaller companies should consider tablet benefits
May 23, 2012
Though it may not be on the forefront of a business owner's mind, it is important for leaders of even the smallest of companies to keep up with the latest technologies. They can allow companies to open the doors to a larger number of customers, enjoy the added protections of new security features and even provide a leg up over competitors.
With this in mind, leaders may want to consider using tablets in their operations rather than a traditional personal computer or laptop. Much like a regular computer, tablets can be used to complete tasks and run programs that are central to continuity, such as finance software, and owners may see the advantages right away. A Small Business Authority poll released in March revealed there are a large number of leaders looking to make the switch, as 55 percent said they could envision using one in the near future.
Because a small business owner performs so many different roles within his or her firm, they often do not get the opportunity to travel away from the office. Yet because of the inherent portability of tablets, the Houston Chronicle reported, this would be simplified, as they could be used to connect to the office from virtually anywhere.
Tablet use would also allow for easier travel around the office. Owners would be able to go from room to room without having to deal with wires or bulky machines.
Ease of collaboration
Small business owners need all the help they can get. It is important for them to bring people on who they can trust and will contribute important assets to the business structure. So it would not be uncommon for leaders to collaborate with other employees on ideas or other tasks. This would be simplified by tablet use.
Small Business Computing reported leveraging the technology would enable owners to pass tablets around so others could add to a program, without having to switch chairs, crowd around one desk or cram into an office or meeting room. This could also let employees continue doing whatever task they were working on while adding to a document open on the tablet's screen.
According to Small Business Computing, one of the most attractive qualities of owning a tablet is that owners will be able to enjoy plethora mobile applications that could only otherwise be enjoyed on the small screen of a smartphone. The source explained there are a multitude of apps that would benefit smaller companies, including those that enable centralized viewing of multiple email accounts, creating and storing documents and high-tech, synched note-taking, to name just a few.