How the BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Will Transform Your Organization
Here is a prediction: your organization will soon be flooded with requests for new BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets. We are confident these requests will come from everyone from the CEO to the sales team. Why? Because the business case for deploying the world's first professional-grade tablet is so compelling. In this article we explore how the recently introduced BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will transform your enterprise.
How the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet fits into the technology universe
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet fills a new niche within the enterprise device universe. It is more powerful and has a bigger, bolder screen than a smartphone, but it also weighs less and is more portable than a laptop. In an enterprise context tablet computers bring portable, powerful access to information, well displayed.
Mobile process transformation is the real opportunity
The big enterprise opportunity is how the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet will transform business processes by creating an uncompromised mobile experience.
According to Tyler Lessard, VP of Global Alliances and Developer Relations at Research in Motion®, "There is so much opportunity to take what's existing in the back-end systems and to put them in the hands of the people that need it at the time when they need that information."
Consider for example a business development team. Using BlackBerry PlayBook tablets at client locations, team members can get extensive customer intelligence via the Salesforce.com app, create and edit Microsoft® Word® or Excel® documents using Documents to Go, and check real-time inventory and pricing information using custom apps built in-house.
Or consider how BlackBerry PlayBook tablets could transform the doctor-patient relationship. As a doctor moves from room to room with the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet he or she may be able to access patient records, test results, and more. The doctor may be able to quickly call up anatomy charts or quick videos to help explain a procedure—all done seamlessly while in front of patients.
Other business process possibilities include enterprise resource planning (ERP), supply chain management (SCM), human resources applications, financials and accounting, and fleet management and dispatch. IT departments are finding tablets an ideal solution for user support (mobile trouble tickets!).
Is it ready for business?
As the first professional-grade tablet, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is loaded with hardware and software that makes it a natural fit within your organization. Consider these industry-leading specs:
- High performance in a tablet form factor
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM and up to 64GB internal storage (choose from 16, 32 and 64GB models)
- 7" 1024x600 WSVGA capacitive LCD touch screen
Plus, BlackBerry® Tablet OS is built with technology from QNX Software Systems that makes it the first and only microkernel-based real-time operating system resulting in technologically superior performance. It is real time. It is responsive. It is easy to optimize. It is secure.
High-speed connections include:
- Wi-Fi® 802.11 a/b/g/n
- 3G network access using your data-enabled phone as a modem1
- 4G network access available on BlackBerry® 4G PlayBook™ tablet (coming Summer 2011)
- Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR
Ultra powerful meets ultra portable: The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is less than 1/2 inch thick and weighs less than one pound; the perfect fit in a bag or purse.
Features for BlackBerry smartphone users
BlackBerry® Bridge™ lets BlackBerry smartphone users connect to their BlackBerry PlayBook tablet over a wireless Bluetooth® connection for a highly secure, enhanced view of core BlackBerry services on the tablet's large high-resolution display.
Connecting is easy, with a fast one-time setup. After the setup is completed the connection is automatically restored every time the two devices come into range. Users can see on the tablet's high-resolution display things like email, BlackBerry® Messenger, address book contacts, calendar, task list, and memo pad.
Security note for IT administrators: The connection is highly secure, the data never leaves the BlackBerry smartphone and is never duplicated. When the Bluetooth connection between the two devices is broken, information stored on the smartphone cannot be accessed on the PlayBook.
Important: Choose HTML-5 and Adobe® Flash® support
A critical feature for tablets is mobile web browsing. Consequently, it is crucial to go with a tablet that supports HTML-5 and Adobe Flash. Without such support the majority of web pages may not render accurately—or at all. Not surprisingly for a professional-grade product, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet supports both standards out of the box.
Security conscious organizations—and who isn't these days—need technological solutions with high levels of security built in. The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet fits that need with:
- Out-of-the-box compatibility with BlackBerry smartphones
- Support for secure VPN connections
- Wi-Fi profile push
Which will you choose?
Taken together, the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet has the makings of a true breakthrough in the workplace. The only question is which of the following configurations do you want?
- 16GB Wi-Fi, $499
- 32GB Wi-Fi, $599
- 64GB Wi-Fi, $699
1 Additional charges may apply. Check with your carrier.