CDN Debate: Tablets or PCs for the mobile worker?

The latest CDN Debate sponsored by Samsung Canada, explores the contentious issue over hardware client solutions such as tablets and notebook computers.

Click here to launch the CDN Debate.

As a small or mid-size business, the decision to upgrade hardware and devices with a new touch-based operating system can seem enticing.

There are many stories out there about companies operating with five-plus-year-old technology. It’s simple to keep fingers crossed and hope the computers keep running, but there are several factors that make upgrading a game-changing decision.

Those factors include:

  • The increasing importance of the mobile worker.
  • Today’s work-life blending, with employees working wherever they are, be it at the office, from a customer location, at home or in another city or country.
  • The end of Windows XP support, the emergence of the Bring Your Own Device trend and the dramatic improvement of touch-based operating systems and devices.

CDN has invited two top solution provider executives to debate the topic.

Rick Jordan is the North American vice-president, strategic alliances for Tenet Computer Group Inc., a perennial CDN Top 100 Solution Provider.  Tenet has pioneered mobility solution in the channel. Jordan oversees all operations of Tenet’s North American Mobility Division. Jordan has more than 20 years of experience in IT with various technology firms.

Joining Jordan in this debate is Steve Conaby, the president of one-time CDN Solution Provider of the Year CONPUTE. Conaby brings more than a decade of technology consultation to both enterprise and SMB clients. He has transitioned the solution provider to focus on value-added services and away from standard technology purchases to include cloud-based platforms and mobile strategies.

There is no doubt that the tablet market has overshadowed notebooks. In 2013, IDC reported that tablet sales overtook notebooks for the first time. The notebook market fell by more than 11 per cent in total units shipped last year, according to IDC.

Find out what two high profile solution providers have to say about the notebook marketshare decline, if  new touch-based operating systems provides the answer for customers and which client device is best for the mobile workforce.

You can play the CDN Debate on Tablets over Notebooks here.

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