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The case for tablets with wireless data

The Case for Tablets with Wireless Data Tablets are proving their value in business everyday in situations where neither smartphones nor laptops can match them for convenience or impact.  In fact, more than half of all companies are now using tablets somewhere in their organization.

When purchasing tablets for your business, connectivity is an important consideration. Should you choose a 3G, 4G or LTE tablet with a data plan, or will a Wi-Fi only model meet your company’s needs? The short answer: it depends on how you will use them.

Here are three good reasons why you should consider investing in tablets with wireless data.

Harness the full value of your device with wireless data

Wi-Fi only tablets make sense in fixed locations, such as hotels, restaurants, health care facilities and campuses, where a secure Wi-Fi network has been implemented. But wireless data can make your mobile workforce more productive, better able to serve customers, and bigger contributors to the bottom line. Here are some examples:

  • Drivers can complete and submit logs using touchscreens while they’re on the road.
  • Managers can use remote monitoring solutions to keep an eye on their premises from anywhere.
  • Service technicians can download work orders without visiting the office, and update them as the work is completed.

 Wi-Fi hotspots can pose a security threat for your business

When employees use public Wi-Fi hotspots, they can introduce points of vulnerability into your organization’s overall security solution. Wi-Fi hotspots are unencrypted and can publicize your login credentials and data – strong security policies can help. But are you prepared to take the risk?

The total cost of ownership of Wireless Data can be less than Wi-Fi

While Wi-Fi only devices typically cost less than versions with wireless network connectivity and don’t require a data plan, paying for Wi-Fi even occasionally can drive up your total cost of ownership.

  • A user with Wi-Fi only tablet who is paying for Wi-Fi approximately 3 times a month for 1 year will cost more than a user with a 4G and a $21.81 per month Rogers Flex Rate plan.
  • A user with a Wi-Fi only tablet who paying for Wi-Fi 4 times a month for 1 year will cost more than a user with a 4G tablet and a $36.81 per month Rogers Flex Rate plan.

Beyond the cost of using Wi-Fi, what is the cost of not being able to send a proposal, work order or transaction while mobile between hotspots? Can your business afford the “lost opportunity cost”?

For more on cost of ownership, click here to read our whitepaper.

Geoffrey is a regular contributor to Redboard Biz 

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Contest finalists: how has technology improved your business?

Rogers Samsung Galaxy TabOn April 28, we announced our first contest here on RedBoard Biz, asking readers to submit stories about how technology has improved their business for the better. The entry period for our contest has now closed. We received great responses – ranging from original poetry to personal stories. We’ve narrowed down the entries to the following three finalists:

Marlow

Being in a small business that is in the medical field, technology has helped speed up consults and diagnosing. Such as using digital x-rays, which can be quickly, examined and emailed to various specialists, that can take a look in real time, especially with smartphone mobile devices. I can’t count the number of times of being in a bind and using either tethering or using my smartphone to quickly check send or check an x-ray. Tethering has also been beneficial being able to remote in and check schedules with patients and to work remotely from home.

Mr.Disco

My small business would not exist without technology. The advent of the internet, powerful computers, and cheap storage means I can work anywhere in the world selling my goods online, answering customer questions, and watching my inventory in real-time. That would be downright impossible 30 years ago. The next frontier is now shifting away from PCs and onto mobile devices and tablets. That will allow me to reach customers where ever they are and not just in a fixed location (i.e. their home or office).

Adam Ross

Technological advances allow me time to run and grow my business while taking care of my 2 boys. I can take calls from customers while running through fields or send email while hanging upside down from monkey bars. I’ve been known to schedule appointments on slides and quote jobs from trees. Technology allows me to efficiently tend to all matters, personal and professional, because as a small business owner, the line between the two is often blurred. Oh, and technology lets me know when my wife will be home so I can rush back inside to clean up.

A random draw of the three finalists will be conducted today and the winner of the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be announced here on Friday, May 13.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us and stay tuned to @RogersBiz on Twitter for news, information and updates about future contests.

Update (May 13, 10:02 a.m.): The winner of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is Marlow! (Marlow, we will get in touch with you via email to arrange delivery). Thanks to everyone who participated in the first RedBoard Biz contest. We enjoyed reading how technology has changed your business for the better in so many different ways.

Miranda MacDonald is regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

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Contest: how has technology improved your business?

samsung galaxy tab from RogersThere’s no doubt that technology is changing the way companies do business. From a small 2-person office to a large organization with hundreds of employees, technology is helping businesses be more efficient, productive and mobile.

Consider the following examples of businesses using technology in innovative ways:

  • Restaurants are using tablet computers so that servers can provide enhanced service to diners.
  • Hotels are providing tablets in rooms and public areas so that guests can bypass check-in desks and order hotel services.
  • Retail businesses are adopting wireless point-of-sale devices to make payment more convenient for customers.
  • Businesses are equipping mobile teams with mobile broadband hubs so that they can set up a satellite office with high-speed connectivity wherever they go.
  • Businesses are moving key communications services to the cloud to offload support requirements and reduce costs.
  • Sales teams are adopting mobile CRM apps on their smartphones so that they can stay connected to vital customer data no matter where they go.
  • Businesses are using wireless networks for backup connectivity, or even primary connectivity where wireline service availability or speed to deploy are factors.
  • Companies are monitoring the exact location and maintenance needs of their fleet with GPS and telemetry solutions.

Rogers understands the needs of small and medium businesses. In fact, the entrepreneurial spirit is what started our company – it’s embedded in our culture. And we’re always trying to learn more about how businesses can benefit from smart uses of technology. To celebrate your successes with technology, we’re having our first contest for RedBoard Biz readers. Just tell us in the comments section of this post, in 100 words or less, how technology has changed your business for the better and you could win a Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Good luck!

Follow us on our new Twitter account at @RogersBiz to stay up to date with Rogers business news, contests and events.

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz

Contest closes at 12:00 noon ET on May 12, 2011. Open to residents of Canada who are 18 years or older, excluding residents of Quebec. To enter, tell us in 100 words or less, on the RedBoard Biz blog, how technology has changed your business for the better.  Prize: one (1) Samsung Galaxy Tab valued at $624 to be won. One entry/person. Odds of winning depend on the quality of the post and the number of eligible entries. Mathematical skill-testing question to be correctly answered to win. No Purchase Necessary. Full rules here.

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Rogers TabLife TO panel: How Tablets Are Transforming Business

Think tablets are only for playing games and reading news?

Well, think again, says Gord Stein, VP of Rogers Business segment. Not only are business analytics, medical care, and many more applications becoming available on tablets, but we’re starting to see tablets enabling entirely new business applications.

Deloitte Consulting’s Duncan Stewart, who opened up last Friday’s Rogers TabLife TO conference, expects that in 2011, 25% of all tablets sold will be bought by enterprises or bought by employees and paid for by enterprise. And in some tablet research conducted by the Strategic Counsel for Rogers, 6 in 10 tablet owners use their tablets for occasional or regular work use.

The How Tablets Are Transforming Business panel, featuring Margaret Stuart of SAP, Dr. Wendy Graham and Gord Stein, discussed tablets in business in more depth. The full video can be found below, and here are some highlights:

  • Margaret Stuart demonstrates SAP’s sales software, discusses security concerns and the benefits of mobile business analytics on tablets.
  • Gord Stein discusses how tablet features like intense portability, “always on” and lack of peripheral storage make it a good fit for certain business applications and workflow.
  • Dr. Wendy Graham talks about how she’s using tablets in her practice and her mobile software that enables ongoing communications and information sharing between healthcare providers and patients.
  • Gord Stein touches on a few unique examples of tablet usage in business:
    • Hyatt Hotels use of tablets to provide richer guest experience including room service, concierge and check-in.
    • Restaurant developing tablets sommelier program to better educate patrons on wine that accompanies  dishes, leading to greater sales.
    • A door-to-door beauty company using tablets to better demonstrate their cosmetics and enter orders instantly; so far, they’ve reduced order errors and have sped up delivery time.

Rogers TabLife TO video: How Tablets are Transforming Business from Rogers Buzz on Vimeo.

Click the video to watch the full panel discussion. If you’d like to see other panels from Rogers TabLife TO, including a demo of the BlackBerry PlayBook by RIM’s David Neale, please click here.

Are you using tablets for business? What type of applications are you using them for? Are you looking to get more tablets in the next 12 months?

Rob Manne is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz.

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New RedBoard series: ‘Talking tablets with…’

Duncan Stewart Rogers TabLife TOIf you were sent to a desert island and could only bring one device, would it be a tablet?

Today, we’re kicking off a new RedBoard series about how tablets are changing the way we live, work and play. We’ve asked technology, business and marketing experts how they use their tablets and what’s next for the device.

Up first is Duncan Stewart, Director of Deloitte Canada Research. He calls tablets the “Swiss Army knife” of electronic devices.

1. How do you use your tablet?

Web browser – 50%. Email device – 25%. Reader of online newspapers, magazines and eBooks 25%. Video – almost nothing, to my surprise.

2. What has surprised you most about the device?

I was expecting it to be a good device. I was expecting that some of the time it would be as good as my PC. I am surprised how often it is BETTER than my PC.

3. What are your predictions for tablets in 2011?

I am in the Predictions biz! Deloitte has two for 2011: tablets in the enterprise go to 40% of sales, and tablets (and smartphones) do NOT see a monopoly OS provider emerge. OS monopolies are so last century…

4. If you were sent to a desert island and could take one device, would it be a tablet or another device? Which one and why?

I would take a water purifier, but that’s just my survival side! Assuming those kinds of necessities are taken care of, tablet (plus wifi router). It’s the Swiss Army knife of electronic devices.

5. What’s your one must-have app?

Don’t have one. Every app I use a lot is for content that I could otherwise access through a browser. Apps just make it easier, and sometimes richer.

Stewart will be giving a keynote at Rogers TabLife TO entitled “What’s Next for Tablets?”

You can learn more about the event at tablife.ca. We’ll have full coverage of Rogers TabLife TO here on RedBoard on December 3rd and shortly after the event.

Want to talk tablets with us at Rogers TabLife TO?

At 11 a.m. ET tomorrow (Friday, Nov 26), we’ll open up another block of free tickets for the event on a first-come, first-served basis at tablife.ca. Your ticket includes admission to Rogers TabLife TO only, and you will be responsible for your own transportation to Toronto.

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz. This was also posted to RedBoard. You can read the rest of the series on RedBoard beginning Nov 29.

UPDATE (November 26, 11:00 AM): We have opened up a block of tickets for TabLife TO. You can register right now at tablife.ca.

UPDATE (November 26, 12:40 PM): The block of tickets made available this morning are now gone. Should we be able to open up more tickets, we’ll post an update to RedBoard and via our @RogersBuzz Twitter account.

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Tablets in focus: Rogers TabLife TO set for December 3rd

TabLife TOOn Friday, December 3, we’ll bring together experts in technology, business and media at Rogers TabLife TO, a half-day conference looking at how tablets are transforming the way we live, work and play.

We’re big fans – and users – of tablets. While 2010 saw their launch, 2011 is expected to be the year they take flight. This event will look at the implications of that growth and examine the new opportunities for users of all stripes – from big business to the average consumer.

Some of the questions we’ll be asking at TabLife TO include:

  • How are people using tablets and where do they fit into our daily lives versus netbooks, smartphones and other devices?
  • How are businesses using tablets to tackle critical challenges?
  • Will tablets threaten or revolutionize the media landscape?
  • How will our content and lives stay connected amid a proliferation of devices?

TabLife TO will take place at Rogers HQ in downtown Toronto. You can learn more about the event at tablife.ca.

Interested in joining us?
At 3 p.m. ET this Monday, Nov 22, we’ll open up a limited number of free tickets for TabLife TO on a first-come, first-served basis at tablife.ca. Your ticket includes admission to the event only, and you will be responsible for your own transportation to Toronto.

But don’t worry if you can’t make it down to the sessions. We’ll have preview material here on RedBoard leading up to the event, as well as comprehensive wrap-up coverage of highlights and insights.

So tell us: how are tablets changing the way you work and consume content? Do you have a tablet or want one? What would you like to see discussed at the event?

Richard Bloom is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz. This was also posted to RedBoard.

UPDATE (November 25, 9:45 AM): We will be opening up another block of free tickets to Rogers TabLife TO at 11 AM ET tomorrow (Friday, November 26) via tablife.ca.

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RedBoard Biz video: Samsung Galaxy Tab lands at Rogers

Tablets have the potential to transform how we do business.

With their large displays and easy-to-use touch-screens, many business owners and executives are now integrating them into their day-to-day routines to send email, edit documents, view media and surf the web on the go.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has officially joined Rogers lineup of world-class mobile Internet and Android devices. Beginning tomorrow, devices will start to arrive at Rogers stores and authorized dealers.

The Galaxy Tab features a vivid 7-inch touch screen, expandable memory up to 32GB, the ability to enjoy Flash web content, plus a built-in dual camera, e-reader, and GPS navigation. With the Android 2.2 OS, you also have access to integrated Google Mobile services and thousands of apps on the Android Market.

As part of our RedBoard video series, I spoke with Neil Shuart, Rogers Director of Wireless Internet to take a closer look at the Galaxy Tab, including the two cameras, and the built-in apps for work and entertainment on-the-go. You can read a full transcript here.

What do you think of the Samsung Galaxy Tab? Are you using tablets in your business?

Miranda MacDonald is a regular contributor to RedBoard Biz. This post was also posted to RedBoard.

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