I’ve been hearing a lot about the “Post-PC Era”. Many are hailing tablets as the future, and believe the PC is on its way out. In fact, on the eve of the 30th anniversary for the IBM personal computer, one IBM executive even went so far as to say, “The PC is dead.” Hewlett-Packard apparently believes the press, as they recently announced that they’re spinning off their PC division.
My thoughts: While the PC certainly isn’t dead, tablets are gaining ground among business users. You shouldn’t throw out your computers just yet, but you should start trying to figure out how your business can take advantage of tablets (and smartphones).
The question is: Which tablet should you buy? Right now, there’s the iPad, the Playbook, and any number of Android tablets, each one trying to differentiate itself from the other. Which one is right for your company? If you need help answering that question, here’s a nice article on techrepublic.com entitled, “10 best tablets of 2011.” It does a good job of explaining each tablet and why it’s important.
Of course, if your company wants to take advantage of mobile/tablet apps, you’ll face a whole new set of questions. What platform should we focus on? Can we afford to bring in mobile developers? What happens if one platform (like WebOS) suddenly shuts down? This blog post explains the best way to approach mobile business apps, and how to insulate your company from the platform war.