Monday, April 1, 2013

Harris Interactive Online Survey - How tablets are changing IT Managment

A computer manufacture Dell and Intel have recently commissioned a survey call the Harris Interactive online survey. They collected data from 203 school system in the US. Looking at this study completed by administrators and IT decision makers’ there are significant tablet management challenges faced by schools moving to tablets.

  • The results show that tablets are increasingly becoming a standard IT device (53 percent of IT decision makers surveyed have deployed them in their schools).

  • However, other studies show some tablets can cost significantly more time and money to manage. According to the results of the Harris survey:

  • Preparing tablets to work in a school’s existing infrastructure can cost more than $1,400 on average.

  • These costs include time spent on tasks such as device management, password setting and resetting, enterprise domain and access configuration and policy development.

  • 57 percent of education IT decision makers using tablets say there are applications currently used on their desktops and laptops that cannot be currently accessed on their tablets, 46 percent say some can only be used with limited functionality. Additionally, 41 percent say they have to purchase applications to mirror desktop and laptop functionality.

  • 31 percent say they require additional software or tools to manage tablets.

  • 59 percent of school system IT decision makers and administrators say choosing devices that integrate with their existing IT infrastructure and that can be managed by existing tools is the best way to minimize total cost of ownership for tablets.

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