Tablets are quickly becoming the computing device of choice for tens of millions of consumers – but are they ready for heavy use in the business world? Let’s take a look at four ways that one can easily integrate a tablet into their daily work flow, using technology to squeeze a bit more productivity out of the day.
- Grab a Stylus for Quick Handwritten Notes
- Sync Up with Dropbox or iCloud
- Access your Work Machine Anytime with Remote Desktop
- Video Conferencing with Skype and Facetime
Tablets are an excellent way to consume media in the form of images, video and written documents, but they unfortunately have a long way to go before they are the preferred form of producing the same materials. Trying to annotate a document using one’s finger is a difficult chore at best and many times will result in markup and comments that are barely legible. For those odd occasions when handwritten notes are necessary, pick up an inexpensive stylus that works with your tablet.
Anyone who works with computers on a regular basis has experienced frustration or panic at not being able to access critical files that are needed for a project, presentation or some other reason. Applications like Dropbox and iCloud allow for files to be synchronized across all platforms including computers, tablets and smartphones, ensuring that whenever you need access to your files from your tablet, they are handy.
Road warriors and others that do a fair bit of traveling love the versatility of a tablet in such a light and easy to carry package, but many still mention the need to use a regular computer from time to time. One way to overcome this is to make use of a VNC or Remote Desktop application which can create a tunnel from your tablet to the computer at your home or office. You can use the remote computer just like you would if it was sitting in front of you, but without the inconvenience of having to drag a heavy laptop around.
Tablets with front-facing cameras are perfect for the occasional video conference with remote office workers or clients that can’t make it to a face-to-face meeting. Skype is available on all of the popular tablet platforms, and those with the Apple iPad can make use of Facetime for their video conferencing needs.
These are just a few of the many ways that tablets can be integrated into the workplace. Check around with co-workers and the IT department for suggestions of applications that can help make your job easier!