New study shows schools are starting to spend big on tablets!!

A new report reveals that tablet adoption in education is widespread across the world
Schools, colleges and universities are increasingly spending more money on tablets and other mobile PCs, according to a new study.

Futuresource Consulting, a self-proclaimed leader in providing research on education technology, today released the latest findings from its annual report into the global education landscape, a report which revealed that overall spending is on the rise.

“Total universe spend in the global education technology market in 2012 increased 23% to $11.6 Billion, from 2011,” said Colin Messenger, a senior analyst at Futuresource Consulting.

“This is a strong result compared to other markets and considering the pressure on education budgets across the world.”The research firm doesn’t see this rise stopping anytime soon and estimates that the worldwide value of the global education technology market will eventually spiral to $21 billion by 2017, a compound annual growth rate of 12% from 2012.

So, where is this significant increase coming from? Well, mobile is the straightforward answer. Futuresource says that the mobile PC market now accounts for $6.8 billion (or 59%) of education’s total spend on new hardware, which is a small but significant increase from 51% last year.

That jump may be down in part to the proliferation  tablets in the education space, with the researcher noting that a number of schools and colleges have moved to introduce “one to one learning programs” withtablets over the last 12 months, especially in the U.S. districts where tablet sales have taken a major budget share.

That’s not to say that other regions are also not also key to this growth, however. The report reveals that there are “significant” tablet projects underway in Thailand, Turkey, Brazil, Korea and India, with one researcher adamant that these emerging markets will likely to help tablet sales to double in K-12 schools this year.

“Tablet sales into K-12 exceeded 3.5 million units in 2012, a growth of 340% on 2011. Sales are expected to double again in 2013, to reach close to 7 million,” David Millar, Futuresource senior market analyst for classroom technologies.“Major nationwide tablet projects in South Korea, Thailand , Turkey and Brazil will contribute to this growth, as well as continuing strong demand from schools and school districts in the US and UK.”

Just last month, the same company revealed that sales of mobile devices into K-12 schools increased by almost a third in 2012 (29%). Millar said at the time that the tablet was the “main catalyst for the market expansion”.

Increase the productivity with Tablet solutions!!

What if we could save hours per day for field workers across a big organization?For big investments in ERP systems taking years to implement, the business case is usually based on single digit percentage improvements in overall efficiency.

With tablet solutions, however, we’ve found that the productivity increase can often be over 100%.As an example consider a field worker working for a big fast-moving consumer goods brand who visits retail stores to check on product placements, product freshness, interview the manager, demonstrate new products and take new orders.

Traditionally this process involved following a paper checklist, filling in paper forms, taking photos with a camera, recording the interview with a tape recorder, showing a paper brochure of the product, taking the order on yet another form.Finally, all the forms would have to be processed on a desktop computer, photos would have to be transferred from the camera and upload to a system, the interview had to be transcribed and the order communicated internally.

Now all of this can be done from one device directly on site allowing the field workers to spend more time with customers and less time at the desk.The following table provides a breakdown of the tasks and time savings:

Task Improvement Time saving potential*
Schedule meetings / visits Automatic scheduling based on locations of sites, available staff/teams and customer availability. Last minute rescheduling. 50-100%
Preparation All existing customer information and latest product information, rate cards, etc available without printing. 100-200%
Checklist / Workflow Check lists for meetings / sites visits dynamically created for each type of visit with a workflow providing all information, material and forms. Workflows improved over time. 100-200%
Recording observations on-site Filling in the form straight away with any deficiencies or positive enhancements.

Comparing feedback with previous visits to see what has improved or worsened.

Document specific things with photos and upload directly.

100-200%
Presenting products and services Simply select the material used to present from an online content repository whether it is a PowerPoint, PDF, rate card or Video. Present directly from a mobile device. All information is always up to date 25-50%
Feedback to internal team Provide direct feedback to internal teams on the product material, products and more from the client. Feedback can be text, photos or recorded audio. 100-200%
Taking orders Complete an online form together with the customer to avoid mistake and utilize the opportunity while the interest is there. Customer gets an e-mail confirmation straight away. 50-100%
Following up Automatically record which information has been shared with the customer and bundle it as a follow-up e-mail including e.g. order confirmation and feedback. Complete it in as little as 5 minutes after the meeting.

And the information can automatically be entered into the CRM system.

200-400%
Improving logistics, processes, products, documentation, team and individual performance All information about site visits (time spent, frequency, etc), feedback, what was presented, conversation rates logged and made available to the manager to analyze and improve. No estimate

And all of the above tasks can be done without ever having to open a laptop or sit down at a desk. Best of all, the solutions for achieving these enhancements exist today with a combination of cloud services, enterprise tools and some custom integration.

What are you waiting for? Increase the productivity of your field workers by over 100% today!

Move mountains of manufacturing with Tablets!!

It’s no secret that today’s manufacturing landscape is in the midst of global upheaval. What may seem surprising to some is that the tablet is poised to become every smart manufacturer’s secret weapon in the battle to regain dominance and market share.

As top talent goes elsewhere, traditional offshoring becomes obsolete, customers demand lower operating costs, and upstarts continue to disrupt the industry, companies are feeling increased pressure everywhere – from the boardroom to the plant floor. Where is the competitive advantage? In my opinion, it’s tablets.

The fact that Gartner predicts 33% growth in mobility in manufacturing through 2015, a smart mobile strategy with a tablet implementation can lead to a more productive, more empowered, and more informed workforce.

Productivity to the people

People power manufacturing, and the right mobile tools enable them to do their jobs better than ever before. This means companies can do more without having to hire more talent or rely on automation.Tablets provide instant access to essential tools and information, enabling everyone in your plant – from line operators to material handlers, mechanics, and managers – to do their jobs more effectively while sharing live updates across the company.

Relevant information, smart decisions

These efficiencies stem in part from the fact that mobile technology can provide a 360-degree view of the plant floor that extends outward to the competitive landscape, providing teams with the visibility they need to make fully informed decisions on the go.With tablets at their fingertips, CEOs can quickly visualize performance, managers can observe their lines, and shipping can see what’s on hand – and where it is on site.

Real-time knowledge of assets at every turn can make ordering, fulfillment, shipping, and everything more efficient. Tablet dashboards empower decision makers to respond to changes everywhere, whether they’re on the floor or in the back office. This allows for tighter inventory turns, reduces the need for back stock, and supports a leaner manufacturing effort.

Tablets aren’t just a tool to view and update information: it can also be used to control machinery and manage production. With machine-to-tablet technology, manufacturing plants can use tablets to create new interfaces for machines or connect to sensors to receive just-in-time updates and alerts.

Assembly line managers can coordinate production changes without having to return to a dedicated workstation. Workers can see water levels, temperature, and performance data in real time, which can help respond to issues proactively so they can reduce downtime dramatically.

Reach out and touch the future

Tablets on the plant floor provide workforces with unique advantages, enabling employees to be more productive, more empowered, and more informed whether they’re controlling machines or managing production.Considering the cost of not going mobile – sluggish productivity, talent shortages, stagnant innovation – investing in a strong tablet strategy is the first step any company should take toward not only reviving but revitalizing its manufacturing operations.

Physicians usings Tablets!!

Tablets can increasingly be found in hospital wards
A new research report finds that a growing number of physicians are using tablets, with some of these even deploying apps out to their patients.

Surveying 2,950 physicians for its annual “Taking the Pulse” survey, Manhattan Research claimed that 72% of physicians now own a tablet, a figure which represents a 10% rise from 2012. The figure also shows just how quickly adoption has risen – the same study revealed that just 30% of physicians had a tablet back in 2011.

The researchers behind the study asked doctors on how they used their smartphones and tablets, and seemed to concur that tablet usage was hard to define.

“The smartphone continues to be a quick hit device, many times per day being accessed, but for, of course, a much shorter burst,” said Manhattan Research president.“It’s largely used for looking up information, as opposed to content consumption, checking email, etc., whereas the desktop and laptop continue to be the mainstay, especially for EHR access.”

“The tablet one is a lot more interesting. It really kind of defies classification, so we’re calling it a hybrid device. There’s 72 percent who own one but they’re not all using it the same way.”

Indeed, survey went onto note that tablet users are split into two camps; a minority of “very active users” who use their device for looking up information and consuming content, and the “leanback crew” who turn to their iPads, Android tablets and Surfaces for watching videos or reading emails.

That isn’t to say that these tablets are not being used in unique ways, however, with the research report revealing that some doctors are taking to digital textbooks and even prescribing mobile apps. So it’s really interesting to see that becoming a reality.”

BYOD work trend!!

Tablets helped popularize the BYOD (Bring-Your-Own Device) to work trend.
 it’s fair to say that tablet has had a profound effect on how people, especially in business, now use computers.

‘Tablets brought about the BYOD era

The days of your IT department solely deciding what device you can have and when are diminishing as knowledge workers increasingly get to choose which devices they want use at work.

So, what brought about this shift in workplace dynamics? Well, it was the rise of consumerization and more specifically, an increasing desire for employees to use their personally-owned devices, like tablets, to become more productive – the so-called Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to work trend.

Apple’s iPad and iPhone have been the big winners of this, largely at the expense of BlackBerry, although researchers believe that Android is winning in some business verticals and in developing regions.

As covered extensively there are some clear advantages with BYOD, the main plus points being that employees become more productive and even work longer hours while businesses – in theory at least – save on costs and training while embracing the latest technology.

Arguably the only loser in this is the IT departments charged with managing this chaos, especially with concerns around data security if tablet becomes lost or stolen. That said, there are plenty of signs that companies are becoming better at managing these devices through BYOD policies and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solutions.

Enterprise mobility set for explosive growth up until 2020..

Enterprise mobility will be big news up until 2020, according to a new reportThe rise of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) has seen smartphones and tablets swarm into the workplace to the extent where one report now claims the movement will help enterprise mobility “take over the world” by 2020.

The report comes from the National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) and details how the global enterprise mobility market will bring in $140 billion a year by 2020, representing a 15% annual growth in revenue for the next seven years.

Indeed, such is the growth in this sector that the India-based firm predicts that enterprise mobility will account for 10-12% of total IT spend by the end of the forecast period, impressive figures given the current penetration is under 5%.

Much of the growth in enterprise mobility space is expected to come from Asia and South America (APAC), according to the report, which is growing at a compound annual growth rate of 21%.

The growth of Asia does not come as a surprise – another recent report from IDC claimed that the enterprise mobility market in the Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan) is to grow 29% to reach $6.9 billion in 2013.

Much of the spending on enterprise mobility will not be seen by the end-user, with significant money to be spent on building the infrastructure necessary to support BYOD policies and everything in between.

That said, Nasscom’s report – which was carried out by research firm Deloitte – also notes that there are opportunities for service providers to gain traction by offering enterprise app stores, vertical-specific apps and by tightly integrating consumer and business apps into enterprise.

The report, which is titled ‘Enterprise Mobility: Building Tomorrow’s Enterprise’, is available for purchase at the Nasscom website.

Smaller tablets set to fuel market growth!!

Android tablets will account for 48% of all models on the market this year, says IDC
The growing popularity of smaller, low-cost Android tablets has forced IDC to upwards revise its forecast for the tablet market in 2013. And while the report makes for good reading if you’re Google or Amazon, Windows 8 vendors should probably look away now.

The research group now expects 190.9 million tablets to ship in 2013, a slight but significant increase from its previous forecast of 172.4 million, and believes that booming demand for tablets will eventually see shipments skyrocket to 350 million units by the end of 2017.

“One in every two tablets shipped this quarter was below 8 inches in screen size. And in terms of shipments, we expect smaller tablets to continue growing in 2013 and beyond” said Jitesh Ubrani, one of the research analysts for IDC’s Tablet Tracker.

“Vendors are moving quickly to compete in this space as consumers realize that these small devices are often more ideal than larger tablets for their daily consumption habits.”

This growing trend for smaller tablets is good news for Google’s Android operating system, with IDC now expecting 48.8% of all tablets to be Android-powered this year, compared to its previous estimate of 41.5%.

These figures aren’t such good news for Apple and reveal, as other market researchers have done since the turn of the year, that the iPad is losing market share. IDC now forecasts that Apple’s market share will fall from 51% in 2012 to 46% by 2013.

The outlook isn’t quite as positive for Microsoft’s Windows 8 however, with this new data suggesting that Windows 8 will crawl from a market share of 1% in 2012 to 7% by 2017. Windows RT, the ARM-based version of Windows 8, is expected to stay under 3% during the same forecast period.

“Microsoft’s decision to push two different tablet operating systems, Windows 8 and Windows RT, has yielded poor results in the market so far,” said IDC’s research director of tablets, Tom Mainelli.

“Consumers aren’t buying Windows RT’s value proposition, and long term we think Microsoft and its partners would be better served by focusing their attention on improving Windows 8. Such a focus could drive better share growth in the tablet category down the road.”

The changing scenario!!

For all of the discussion around tablets in business there has not yet arisen a game changing application for the tablets in the way that spreadsheets and word processing did for the PC over 30 years ago.

What is clear is tablets are quickly eliminating the need for paper. Newspapers, magazines, books, even comic books are all moving to tablets. Paper is on the verge of becoming an anachronism. But lacking a way to “put pen to paper” in the digital world is the final barrier.

Humans are not going to give up the pen. It’s been with us for at least 5500 years and the manner of using it has been relatively unchanged. It is almost primal in its ability to connect thought to media.

Some believe the economic value of replacing pens and pads of paper is near zero. However, there is economic value locked up in paper-based notes that can’t be shared, searched, indexed, secured, governed or any of the other forms of information processing and management available in the digital age.

We’ve become obsessed with “big data”, but give no thought to the information we have already processed with our brains that lies dormant on paper.

Digital note-taking is the killer business application for the tablet.  The tablet lets the user work naturally in a manner refined over millennia that is non-disruptive in the workplace.

Once captured, the economic value of the information is immediately available to be leveraged for the betterment of the individual and the business.  Only tablets can deliver this.  And they let you check your email too.

Tablets everywhere!!

A new  key forecast data on where tablet sales are headed across a range of businesses from small to large.Drawing on recent research by IDC and Intermedia, shows the biggest compound annual growth for tablets coming from the smallest companies. These “micro” firms, with fewer than 10 employees, will see 98% growth in tablet adoption from 2011 to 2016.

Tablet growth projections across the other three business segments are plenty strong as well:Enterprise (1,000+ employees) is set for 62.7% growth; Mid-size companies (100-999) 50.8% growth; and Small companies (10-99) will see 78.5% tablet growth.

For 2013, IDC predicts small business adoption of tablet will grow 114% from 4.9 million to 10.4 million tablets.”Adoption of tablet computing is growing exponentially, for a very good reason: they’re a highly efficient, focused way of running a small business from the palm of your hand.

Considerations for the Developer of Tabapps:

Conquering the app store is a mighty task that requires developers get everything right from an attractive price to a stylish user interface, not to mention some kind of competitive advantage and value.

Make the user interface consistent and easy to use

An ever-changing user interface risks confusing and annoying the user to the point where they’re not sure how to use the application.The developers should make sure menu options, button labels, ‘soft keys’, menus and other parts of the UI are “consistent and clear”.

Graphics and text should be clear for the user

It sounds obvious, but Wrigley stresses that all text in an app should be “readable, clear and not cut off by the edge of the screen or overlapping other screen items”.

App navigation must be fluid

The developers must ensure app navigation is easy or risk losing users to competitive solutions that get the job done more efficiently.“Navigation through the app is obvious if you’ve been working on it for weeks or months, but not everyone else may find it so clear.

Use a dictionary to avoid spelling mistakes and other language problems

It’s fair to say that most grievances with app performance lies with apps’ crashing or freezing, but another problem, according to the can be common spelling errors and other language issues. “If one supports multiple languages, make sure that it is consistent and  spell checker is always used.”

Get your app’s privacy watertight

In the age of Facebook, Google and now Twitter’s Vine, personal security has become a hot topic in every walk of life, both for consumers and businesses.And with these same users increasingly wary of apps that pass on personal information or even sell their photos (I’m looking at you Instagram, an app privacy policy is essential.

Don’t leave any hidden features

Have you used an app extensively, only to discover some pretty cool features that you didn’t know of months later? At the time it can be pleasantly surprising or sometimes annoying to the user, but either way it works out as a missed opportunity for the developer.

Control the mother of all app problems: App crashing

App crashing is the single most annoying thing to the end user,such problems may be hard to avoid, but the developers should be looking at some of the “simple things” which can lead to their app crashing.

Help out troubled users…and quickly

“While it is obvious to some, other people like to read help information and so providing help is a must.

Look out for image problems when changing orientation…

Switching your tablet from landscape to portrait can sometimes take longer than expected, but such a simple gesture can also have big repercussions for developers.

Thats all for today:)