By: Lily Shabani
The tablet market has undoubtedly grown in a way that was not anticipated by its original pioneers. Maneuvering its way from personal use to professional use, the tablet has made itself a permanent home in businesses throughout the world. Tablets have become an invaluable tool in mobile data capture, allowing employees to enter data by pen, touch, voice, and even photograph. Using these various methods to capture data, tablets have become an integral part of conducting business on a daily basis for many firms.
With that said, these firms have seen a HUGE increase in productivity since adopting tablets. Lenovo reports that 74% of IT decision makers believe that tablet usage has increased their organization's productivity. Furthermore, the AIIM has found that this productivity generally increases from 30 to 50%, on average, after a firm adopts tablet technology. With the positive results related to using tablets in the business operations, Lenovo says that 78% of firms plan to have tablet technology within the workplace by the end of 2013. If this trend continues, it is estimated that enterprise tablet adoption should rise by 700% from 2011 to 2016 (increasing from 13.69 million units to 96.38 million units).
This is likely due to the fact that tablets can be used in so many different facets of business, even ways that you may have never considered before. For instance, United Airlines purchased 11,000 tablets for its pilots. Why? To replace paper maps and manuals that were bulky and time consuming to use. Tablets allow United Airlines' pilots to be more accurate and efficient simultaneously. Another example of successful tablet adoption can be found within the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA deployed 90 tablets with Mi-Corporation's help, utilizing Mi-Forms software, to allow its inspectors to use a digital stylus to record inspection site conditions, test results, and sample characteristics. After this, the USDA increased its number of annual cattle inspections from 20,543 to 176,468; that is an increase of over eight times in just one year.
Bottom line: using tablets to capture data electronically improves efficiency, and is becoming a key component in business operations. If your company needs a mobile solution for data capture, Mi-Corporation has the capability to help you with any device and any data. This flexibility can mean innumerable benefits for your company, including decreased paper costs, ink costs, labor costs, office rent, and the like. Seeing these benefits, more and more companies are using tablets.
If your business wants to stay afloat with the competition, capturing data electronically is becoming more of a necessity as each day passes. Business tablet use is growing, and investing in tablet technology can only improve your company's performance. End of story.
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