Replacing paper with digital

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According to a recent research report, tablet sales are expected to touch 108 million this year (2012) and reach 300 million by 2015. The figures prove the rapidly increasing tablets usage. A tablet offers full access to all essential computer functions along with portability and convenience.

Traditional methods of data collection vs. tablets

Information at exhibitions and conventions is usually collected on manually filled forms. This data is then entered into the company’s system at the end of the conference. This process is time consuming and requires a lot of organization and resources.

If the data could be collected digitally at the convention, the entire lengthy transfer process would be rendered unnecessary. This is where the tablets come in. The functionalities offered by tablets make them an ideal tool for digital data collection. But there are some factors that need to be considered to decide whether or not they are a viable option.

Business conventions often do not have reliable internet connection, which is important for the mass use of tablets at such events. The data gathered needs to be stored locally before it can be uploaded at a later time. The format in which the information is retrievable is also vital for immediate or future consumption. Data can easily be exported in a CSV format suitable for most spreadsheet activities or directly upload into online database for further manipulation.

A business application that approaches all these problems can be an ideal solution. Such tablet applications enable the collection and storage of information locally, which can be easily uploaded once you receive connectivity. Other than using the device’s native programming language, Adobe Flash and HTML5 are the few options that can be used to develop Apps for both iPads and Androids. App development software Australia has got all these figured out to work dynamically.

Other business uses of tablets

As far as mass use of tablets is concerned, budget is one of the most important considerations. The cost of a tablet depends on the model. Certain models operating on Chrome, Android, and Apple’s iOS can be cheaper than computers. Communication, organization, presentation, and finance are some of the common functions that can be performed by businesses using tablets. According to a recent survey by IDG Connect, 54% of business professionals communicate their work through an iPad.

Tablet is an excellent communication device. In the presence of the internet connection, it is ideal for discussions, conferences, and email exchanges. Applications for point-of-sale transactions can serve as a cash register and make the process easier. Sales and inventories can also be managed and tracked with these applications. Software like Microsoft Office makes it easy to prepare presentations for conventions in a tablet. You can take notes, doodle, and connect the device to a larger screen.

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