Tablets in education: Why one Texas school district turned to the Surface RT

The tablet landscape is crowded with iPads, Galaxy Notes, Kindles, and Surfaces, each including a different blend of features, that IT managers must carefully evaluate to select the tablet that best the needs of thousands of users. Unfortunately, there is no “best” tablet for any industry or organization — it all depends on what systems you’re currently using and what functions you need to achieve defined goals. That’s exactly what a Texas school district recently discovered as it navigated this exact situation, vetting the many tablet options to find the one that best fit its teachers’ needs and its existing IT infrastructure. Here’s how the school district narrowed down the tablet field and what option they ultimately settled on.

The Challenge

The district sought to equip its 2,200 district teachers with tablets to aid in classroom activities and increase mobility and productivity throughout the school year. But many tablets could achieve those objectives. The district was unsure which tablet would offer the greatest benefits, and needed to narrow down the choices. It turned to longtime partner SHI to dig into its true needs and match the district with the right device.

SHI defined the district’s six key device needs as follows: Continue Reading…

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Microsoft Surface Pro and Surface RT now available through SHI

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.

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