Tablet use in businesses is exploding. Here’s our list of key vertical markets making the most of the devices.
By Lauren Gibbons Paul
September 20, 2013
Take a look at these vertical markets and the devices they’re using. Then see if one or more are a good fit for your mobility business, based on your existing client roster.
- Education. According to Jim Lundy, CEO of Aragon Research, tablet sales to K–12 schools will be an intense opportunity, at least for another year to 18 months. “Tablets in education is a phenomenon that is sweeping the world. Most developing countries are doing this,” he says.
- Healthcare. This is one of the earliest sectors to have its own apps on consumer tablets. Doctors doubled their use of tablets last year, according to a Manhattan Research survey. Tablets are changing how healthcare is delivered, according to a March edition of HealthLeaders magazine.
- Retail. Not surprisingly, iPad maker Apple was one of the first to reshape its retail operations using the friendly device. Many other retailers are following suit. A Retail Info Systems (RIS) News survey shows that 31 percent of respondents have plans to begin testing tablets in stores this year; 22 percent have already begun such testing; and 6 percent have fully deployed tablets within stores.
- Manufacturing. For manufacturers, tablets give shop-floor employees the ability to walk around and access real-time quality, controls, and production data they would never have been able to touch traditionally. This niche is more likely to need hardier tablet versions, whether ruggedized after purchase or by design.
- Construction. Tablets allow on-site construction teams to access data in a much more streamlined way than lugging reams of paper, a major improvement. Here, too, rugged models are likely the requirement.