Here’s what happened when Avenue, a clothing retailer, turned to tablets to increase sales

retail-tabletsIt’s a bricks-and-mortar retail reality: You can’t stock everything, and that means you lose sales when a customer is looking for a style or color you don’t have.

This is the story of how Avenue, a specialty clothing retailer, bucked that trend with tablets. Continue Reading…

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How the Surface Pro 3 exceeded my expectations for design work on a tablet

When approached to try design work on a Surface Pro 3, my feelings were mixed. I was excited to test this Microsoft tablet, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, but my glass-half-empty mindset made me wonder if it might be inconvenient to set aside a powerful laptop workstation and work on a smaller device.

After years of learning to use a mouse and keyboard — instead of my hands — for creative expression, I admittedly started slow with the Surface Pro 3’s pen and touch screen. I connected the Surface into the dock, and hooked up my keyboard and mouse to replicate the setup I was used to. When I finally braved tablet mode and got more comfortable working with the device, I started to recognize its benefits.

Here’s what I was working with, and my impressions after a few weeks with the Surface Pro 3. Continue Reading…

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4 things you need to know before using Apple DEP

apple tablet phoneBig business likes Apple — most smartphones and tablets used in the corporate world bear the Apple logo (72 percent and 90 percent respectively). But deploying hundreds or thousands of those mobile devices can be a logistical headache for any IT department.

Throughout the last few months, I’ve helped numerous organizations solve this problem by tapping Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP), a specific method of gatekeeping Apple’s mobile and tablet devices. Each DEP rollout reinforces four thoughts in my mind, lessons I’ve learned along the way that can benefit every company considering a DEP deployment. Take a look. Continue Reading…

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5 ways to deploy tablets in your retail store

In Store Catalog -- Glacier at Argos RetailFrom national chains to neighborhood shops, retailers understand that tablets can greatly enhance shopper experiences and they continue adopting this technology in store. Tablets and their applications possess such potential for changing the way people shop and spend that eventually all stores will be connected.

Today’s shoppers are more knowledgeable than ever before, and they’re demanding in-store, experience-altering technology – digital price tags that reflect price changes, kiosks that provide assistance and deals, and mobile checkouts, for example. Retailers are appealing to these shoppers with tablets, and are using these devices to interact with shoppers and to drive sales.

Here are five ways retail stores are creatively using tablets to reach today’s shoppers: Continue Reading…

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The surprising state of the PC market in two charts

desktopReports of the PC’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Written off after a slow 2013, PCs fought back last year with sales growing 1 percent in the fourth quarter year over year. The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) offered further optimism, showcasing advances that could breathe new life into PCs, including new hybrid laptop/tablets, curved screens, and ultra-thin laptops with big boosts in battery life. Clearly, PCs aren’t down for the count just yet.

In fact, according to a new SHI poll, they’re far from it. We commissioned an online survey, conducted by Harris Poll in December, of U.S. IT professionals to peek into their 2015 plans for new hardware and devices. We asked what percentage of PCs they plan to replace this year and whether desktops, laptops, tablets, or Chromebooks would be the replacement. Their answers show that PCs might have a longer lease on life than many think.

Here’s what we learned: Continue Reading…

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5 last-minute gifts for the business traveler

Man with giftThe needs of working professionals that are frequent flyers are unique, so what’s the perfect gift for them this holiday season? Probably not more snack baskets of cookies, cheeses, jams, and chocolates.

Instead, get a gift that every business traveler can use. What does a professional really need when they’re on the road? They need power and performance, but without sacrificing space in the overhead compartment, and while looking the part too. But hurry, time is running out, so splurge on the business professional on your Christmas list and upgrade the mundane essentials they already use with these practical and powerful last-minute gift ideas. Continue Reading…

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Here’s the device your employees want the most

Multiple-Devices-With-Charts-And-GraphsSome 2.5 billion PCs, tablets, ultramobiles, and mobile phones will ship worldwide in 2014, Gartner projects. And as a result, the typical American worker has more device options today than ever before. Workers combine desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones to work more quickly, efficiently, and effectively. But what if employees could only choose one of the four? Which device would they want most?

SHI recently commissioned an online survey conducted by Harris Poll among more than 1,000 U.S. employees (aged 18+) to see what device today’s employees would choose if their employer offered to buy them only one for work: a desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. The results revealed a surprising range of preferences, including unexpected distinctions by age, geographical region, and more. Here are the highlights: Continue Reading…

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

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…

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Amazon Kindle now available through SHI

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.

 

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