Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 4, 2012

CIOs Want Reliability, Accessibility, Mobility, Productivity – Also Look for Ultrabooks at CES

I changed the format of today’s blog post as I’m covering two topics that I saw on FierceMobile, the first is on what CIO‘s are looking for and the second is about a new type of device that will compete heavily with the tablet, the Ultrabook. The consulting company Logicalis did an “IT Wish List” and productivity showed up on top and with all the new devices coming out, mobility along with VDI becomes critical to keeping employees connected but yet keeping the data infrastructure safe. The second article mentions that starting at CES next week we are going to see a new type of device called the Ultrabook that manufacturers will be introducing that is super-thin but is more powerful and has a better battery life than laptops today. Looking forward to seeing these in action!

Logicalis: CIO’s want reliability, accessibility, mobility, productivity

By Caron Carlson

Reliability, accessibility, mobility and productivity (“ramp”) make up the “2012 IT Wish List,” according to Logicalis. The company compiled eight technologies it believes CIOs should want this year, along with some of the challenges the technologies present.

Productivity increasingly is becoming dependent on devices that employees can use on the go, so mobility is no longer an elective at many enterprises. With the abundance of mobile platforms and form factors on the market, however, IT departments have to be able to support a variety of technologies at once.

Tablets are shaping up as highly sought-after devices for employees who need to access company data anytime, anywhere. Because they support a limited number of applications, it may make sense to combine them with virtual desktop infrastructure technology to provide access to company apps and data, Logicalis advises.

“In 2012, a VDI/tablet combination will offer the speed and usability employees want, replacing the netbooks of yesterday and avoiding the need to encrypt the device itself since no company data has to be stored on it,” the company predicts.

Employees increasingly expect quick and easy access to the applications they need, and cloud solutions may be the best option, Logicalis suggests. However, cloud solutions had better be reliable and always available, so CIOs will want to monitor the services carefully.

Ultrabooks to feature prominently as CES

By Caron Carlson

Tablets were the name of the game at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but this year it’s all about the Ultrabook. The super-thin device, which is more powerful than a netbook and comes with longer battery life than a laptop, is expected to make a splash at the show, which opens next week.

The Ultrabook buzz is driven in large part by Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), which trademarked the name and has been working with several manufacturers, including Toshiba, Asus and Acer, to promote the “ultra responsive, ultra sleek” devices. Intel announced that it will highlight Ultrabooks throughout CES.

Manufacturers hope that Ultrabooks will borrow the “cool” factor of Apple’s (NASDAQ: AAPL) MacBook Air, particularly because they are considerably more expensive than tablets. Acer’s Aspire S3 Ultrabook starts at $899, HP’s Folio 13 is priced at about $900, and Toshiba’s low-end Ultrabook costs around $800, reports The Wall Street Journal. More than 60 designs are expected to be unveiled in 2012, and a multitude of vendors, including Dell and Lenovo, are planning to show off their versions at the show.

Research firm Techaisle predicts that small and mid-sized businesses will purchase a minimum of 3.6 million ultra-thin devices this year. Seen as cooler than tablets, Ultrabooks are considered appealing to SMBs despite the price point.

Meanwhile, the latest version of the most famous tablet, the iPad 3, is not expected to be seen at CES, which is famously not being keynoted by Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) this year.

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  1. Glen – what’s your take on ultrabooks vs. tablets? Do you have a preference?

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    • Since I haven’t used an Ultrabook yet, let’s use the comparison of a Mac Book Air for now. I see these devices as companion or complimentary use-cases based on what the user needs to perform at a given time. Smartphones and Tablets are great for data comsumption but if you need to be heads down typing or creating a large document, then you will need the convenience and comfort of a traditional keyboard, thus a Notebook/Netbook or the new form factor of an Ultrabook/Mac Book Air might do just fine. This will definitely NOT be a one-size-fits-all mentality and provide users a wide variety of options, thus making it very appealing for BYOD discussions with Enterprises as well.

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