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Tablet computing has become incredibly popular. But even though businesses are stocking up on them, they’re not about to replace all of their desktops and laptops with tablets. They can’t — according to a recent survey by Alfresco Software, maker of popular Open Source Enterprise Content Management (ECM) software. The Alfresco report finds that tablets tend to be used in business as an extension of PCs and laptops. Tablets and smart phones have enabled business to be conducted while people travel or move around in their office. Content creation is still too hard to do on mobile devices. Users typically find tablets and smart phone devices to be significantly harder to use for creating new content. For example, even when just writing short emails, using a tablet isn’t as convenient as with a PC, and creating emails on a smart phone is a challenge. Where tablets excel is in their mobility and their simple interface for browsing and consuming information. In fact, the Alfresco survey found that:
- 89 percent use mobile devices for web browsing
- 82 percent use mobile devices for reading emails
And where are businesses using mobile devices? In locations away from the users desk.
- 57 percent say that they use their smart phones during lunch meetings
- 59 percent say that they bring their tablets along to conferences compared to only 13 percent are bringing a laptop
And in those cases where tablets are used on the content creation side, tablets are typically only used for creating an outline of the content which is later completed on a PC. The report from Alfresco coincides with Alfresco’s release of version 1.3 of the Alfresco mobile client application for interacting with the Alfresco ECM repository. Questions? Formtek is celebrating our fifth anniversary as an Alfresco Gold integration partner.