The Tablet as a Commodity

In IT Circles, it is already fait accompli;   The Tablet is a commodity.  An expense.  It is viewed as disposable.  The market shift has been subtle, but it has been a significant one.

There was a time, where computing power was measured by  processor chips.  The dynamic of cloud-based computing has changed all of that.  The dynamic of THE CLOUD, has changed priorities.  It has changed the fundamental market dynamics.  The cloud has made Information Technology truly ubiquitous. You can gain access to your information anytime, anywhere on any device on any platform.

There has been significant discussion on how "apps" broke down or "commoditized" the software market.  What we must realize is that this was only the beginning of a fundamental change in Information Technology.  Now, for a fraction of the cost a business owner can equip themselves with tablets and gain access to the larger global application marketplace.  Gone are the days of driving to the nearest computer store and spending hundreds of dollars on software and thousands of dollars on pcs.

This fundamental shift is just beginning.  Recently, I came across an article berating the latest statistics on Android.  The argument presented was that the vast majority of Android devices were "several releases" behind and even reported the market penetration of Kindle Tablets  The question is what is the true relevance? The technology behind these "low end" tablets far surpasses personal computers  of 10 years ago.  If it works and it provides benefit to the users who then have more mobility in the workplace, it has tremendous value.

Too often we get caught up in the "oohs" and "aaahhs" of the latest greatest thing when our internal and external customers, just want something that works.

About Sprawlgeek.
A Seasoned Technology Visionary possessing a deep understanding of technology and business processes.

Doug has accumulated over 35 years of experience in the technology and media markets. His broad career has ranged from leading Research and Development work for a 300+ million dollar company to an E-Government startup. His efforts have been recognized by major trade associations as well as Tier 1 clients.

Doug is now a private consultant and continues to provide his insights to the industry.