Sep 05, 2012 / Written by Woody Myers

It’s a question we feel doesn’t get asked enough when companies begin incorporating their consumer-grade tablets into their business processes.  Sure iPad and Android tablets work well in your personal life.  But just because it works great at home doesn’t mean it is a fit for your work life.  When looking at total cost of ownership, it would behoove you to look at devices that are made to handle the demands of the business world.

As this white paper explores, the average lifespan of a consumer-grade smart device  is much less than the average technology install for an enterprise device.

  • A durable enterprise-class handheld device has a 3 year TCO of $1294 compared to a 3 year TCO for a consumer-class device of $1819.
  • The enterprise-class device represents a 3 year lifecycle savings of $525
  • This savings will often cover the premium price of the durable device
  • In a 500 user organization, the total cost savings is more than $262k over 3 years

Not only is this costly for your bottom line, but that mean your employees will run into regular downtime and your IT department will be working overtime to set up replacement devices for everyone.  This will be especially true if your company has a Bring Your Own Device model where lots of people are bringing many different devices to the table.

One negative about using consumer tablets is how great they are.  Believe it or not, this is actually a bad thing.  This means your employees will be using them not only for work purposes, but for leisure time, too.  That means the more they use them, the greater chances something goes wrong.  And if they are using it to goof around, chances are someone else in their family might be using it, too.  How comfortable are you with your investment in the hands of an employee’s spouse, sibling, or child?

While we believe that tablet PCs are a great step forward for businesses to take, we highly encourage looking at the rugged models that are built to handle the rigors of your workplace.

For more information about how tablets could work well in your company’s infrastructure, contact a product specialist at 1-800-446-1991.