There’s been a lot of buzz about commercial tablets and 2-in-1s during the past couple of weeks. We helped generate a lot of it when we announced our agreement with Microsoft to sell and service Surface Pro tablets through our global commercial sales and support organization. That news was followed the next day by Apple’s introduction of the iPad Pro. Seemingly overnight, the industry became awash in articles debating which type of mobility solution companies should consider during their next product refresh cycle.
Yes, shiny new devices generate plenty of excitement. Smaller, faster and sleek design is something we’re certainly proud to offer at Dell as well (I’ll discuss more on that below), but as any CIO or IT administrator will tell you, there’s so much more to consider than just aesthetics, display size or battery life when selecting mobile devices for commercial use.
Our commercial mobility strategy is rooted in customer-driven innovation - our experience as the industry’s only end-to-end solutions provider and by working daily with our customers to clearly understand and meet their needs. The core of this strategy revolves around five key areas of differentiation that set us apart from our competition in the enterprise mobility space:
It’s Not a One-Size-Fits-All World
Now, let’s address devices. First and foremost, there’s no such thing as a single device that can meet the diverse computing needs of every employee in a medium to large organization. When you factor in the wide variety of job functions, software applications, 24/7/365 uptime requirements, shrinking budgets and individual preferences, the vast majority of companies will continue to be multi-device environments, and that isn’t changing anytime soon. With that in mind, we’ve structured our mobile computing portfolio based on two distinct customer needs.
Mobile Productivity: These devices are used by highly mobile workers who need tablets or 2-in-1s that deliver levels of productivity offered by traditional laptops (and by the way, there’s still plenty of demand for those). These devices have the processing power and screen size to handle more demanding software applications and accomplish intensive work. For Dell, these devices include the Venue 11 Pro, Latitude 2-in-1 and now the Surface Pro. And watch this space, because soon we will be introducing the next generation of the popular Venue 11 Pro and other 2-in-1s that will take mobile productivity capabilities to a whole new level.
Application-Driven Tablets: These are purpose-built devices designed to meet specific customer use cases. We have customers in several vertical industries such as education, healthcare and retail who are using Dell Venue tablets to run purpose-built software applications for things such as point-of-sale payment tablets, plug-and-play consoles, vendor inventory tracking, coupon kiosks and digital signage.
Introducing More Choice: Dell Introduces Venue 8 Pro and Venue 10 Pro Tablets
Dell’s focus on continued innovation in this space is enhanced with two new professional-grade tablets we will be making available in mid-November: the Venue 8 Pro 5000 Series and the Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series - both designed to further expand the capabilities offered for organizations in the healthcare, retail/hospitality, education and manufacturing spaces. Each deliver:
Venue 8 Pro 5000 Series Tablet
With a thin and light hand-held design, weighing in at under one pound, the Venue 8 Pro was created for companies that require specialized applications and on-the-go productivity. Some key Venue 8 Pro features include:
Venue 10 Pro 5000 Series Tablet
With an innovative 2-in-1 keyboard, the thin and light Venue 10 Pro is ideal for workers who need a balance between mobility and intensive productivity. The Venue 10 Pro offers:
And remember, mobility is about great devices that are bundled with the software, service and partnerships together that help customers solve their biggest business issues. At Dell we’re committed to providing greater value to our commercial customers through more effective and symbiotic solutions. By providing the industry’s most comprehensive selection of tablets and 2-in-1s, coupled with our world-class end-to-end services and support that many businesses require, we think we’ve assembled a truly unique offering that our customers can leverage to truly maximize the productivity of their mobile teams.
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Can't wait for the new V8P!