Apple tips its hat to the enterprise with new VPP Credit

Posted by at 10:30 AM

Shopping-Cart-With-Apps-InsideApple recently introduced mobile device management (MDM) for iOS as part of a new focus on enterprise markets. This is great news for both the companies that steered clear of iPhones and iPads until now and those that dove into iOS despite the enterprise limitations. One aspect of the move is especially welcome: Apple expanded its Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to create VPP Credit. Under the program, businesses can now purchase large volumes of apps in bulk through purchase orders (POs).

While iPads have been a mainstay of the workplace for years, companies struggled to manage work-related applications housed on each individual device. Initially, app purchases were conducted per user and individually charged back to the enterprise. Not only was this tedious, but the moment employees left an organization, they took all of the pre-installed, company-purchased apps with them. Organizations could lose out on hundreds of dollars per device. Continue Reading…

Why enterprise iOS adoption surged before Apple’s mobile device management tools

Posted by at 3:34 PM

iPad at workApple recently introduced a mobile device management enrollment solution for iOS that would make it easier for enterprise and education customers to roll out mass numbers of fully configured iPads or iPhones to employees without ever touching the device. For many in enterprise IT, this makes iOS a lot more appealing.

But that’s not to say the enterprise has ignored iPads and iPhones until now. In fact, Apple has made significant headway into the enterprise market over the last five years, with sales surging more than 1,000 percent at SHI. Not to mention that iOS activations made up 73 percent of total device activations in the fourth quarter of 2013 among enterprises.

Even before a solution existed for a smooth enterprise deployment, many pioneering organizations sought out iOS anyway, a testament to the strengths of Apple’s products. But still, having every user install the necessary apps and configure settings would have been a major drain on time and resources. Continue Reading…

4 questions employees should ask before buying a Windows tablet for work

Posted by at 8:33 AM

More and more, enterprises are trusting employees to choose their own mobile devices and operate them in the workplace, and tablets are at the forefront of this movement. Yet with that choice comes certain variables for the enterprise, namely security, compatibility, licensing, and support.

Existing and upcoming Windows tablets offer much of the performance of traditional desktops and laptops, and their security seamlessly integrates with many existing enterprise systems. The myriad options allow users to adopt a tablet that best fits their work, right out of the box.

Here are four questions that a workforce should ask to help focus its search for a tablet best suited to a particular job and that will fit existing enterprise systems. Continue Reading…

Amazon Kindle now available through SHI

Posted by at 9:43 AM

SHI continues to expand our mobility services, last month adding Microsoft Surface to our repertoire, and today revealing the immediate availability of the Kindle family to U.S. business, public sector, and academic customers. Specifically, SHI customers can now purchase the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9,” gaining access to many advanced features, including the ability to securely access corporate networks and join meetings using Skype or WebEx. Customers will also gain access to Whispercast, Amazon’s mobile device management (MDM) solution, for simplified mobile rollouts and management.

The addition of the Kindle family to our portfolio of mobile devices demonstrates SHI’s commitment to equipping customers with the mobile solutions they want and need to be competitive. Call your SHI account rep to discover the mobile devices that will best meet your organization’s requirements.

For the full details of this announcement, please review the press release we issued today.

 

Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT now available through SHI

Posted by at 5:07 PM

microsoft surface proEarlier today Microsoft revealed that it is expanding Surface’s sales channels and empowering partners to sell both the Surface Pro and Surface RT. Proudly, SHI is one of the first partners to participate in the program, and we already have begun offering Surface Pro 64 GB, Surface Pro 128GB, Surface RT 32GB, and Surface RT 64GB to our customers.

This announcement is big news for our customers, who previously could obtain all of their Microsoft software and other hardware from SHI but had to go direct to Microsoft if they were looking to equip their employees with the Surface Pro or Surface RT. And we know customers were since “Microsoft Surface” topped the list of failed searches (that is, those that didn’t return any results) on SHI.com last quarter. Now we can help customers procure both of these devices and, as a result, provide a truly integrated Microsoft hardware and software solution for better IT asset management, spend visibility, and volume licensing compliance.

We’re really excited to expand our mobility portfolio. For the first half of 2013, SHI shipped an average of 10,000 tablets per month. With the availability of the Surface, which in May broke into the top five tablets shipped, and the official addition of another top-selling device to our catalog later this month, we’re bound to see those numbers increase.

For questions about pricing and availability of Surface Pro or Surface RT, check your custom catalog on SHI.com or contact your dedicated account team. And keep an eye on the blog for more news about our ever-expanding portfolio of tablets and mobile devices.

The Lenovo Helix: The next step in enterprise mobility

Posted by at 11:44 AM

How many devices do you need in a typical workday to do your job well? If a Forrester study from last year is any indication, 74 percent of you use two or more devices, and 53 percent use three or more.

While each of those devices plays a particular role, switching among a PC, tablet, and smartphone throughout the day can be inefficient, both for users carting around multiple devices and IT help desks juggling myriad operating systems, licenses, and security concerns.

This is the thinking that led to the Lenovo Helix, a hybrid Ultrabook and tablet. One of a new crossbreed of mobile devices, the Helix is designed to simplify mobility for workers who spend a lot of time away from their desk but still need significant computing power and a full keyboard and mouse. It works just like a regular Ultrabook, but users can detach the screen, which functions as a tablet.

Here are four ways the Helix is simplifying workers’ mobile lives: Continue Reading…

Ultrabooks breathe new life into PC notebook market

Posted by at 12:18 PM

PCs used to be big hulking towers that barely fit under your desk and sounded like a Saturn 5 rocket when you booted them up. Today, thanks to the relentless march of innovation-and some well-timed funding-the PC comes in a variety of flavors: netbooks, notebooks, pocket PCs, and Ultrabooks.

The Ultrabook™ form factor is changing the rules, and proving once and for all that the PC isn’t dead. Intel started testing the idea and specifications behind the Ultrabook in 2011, after Apple’s manila-envelope-inspired MacBook Air was met with roaring success in 2008. The Air wasn’t a full-breed Ultrabook, per se, but it did shape consumers’ expectations of what an ultra-compact, powerful notebook could look like.

After the Air came products like the iPad and other tablet devices, and the cry went out that the PC was dead and the tablet market was here to takeover. But even though consumers loved tablets, the devices just weren’t ready for most corporate environments.

Business leaders found that tablets were sorely lacking in terms of processing power and added an additional dimension to their infrastructure security. The security component alone was more than enough reason for IT professionals to be just a tad too wary to take their entire workforce over to a pure tablet environment.

That’s where Ultrabooks are finding their stride-combining a high-performance system with a small form factor design, capable of giving end users the power of a high-end, traditional notebook with the mobile, lightweight, and consumer-level features they admire most in their personal computing devices. Continue Reading…