Schools, hospitals, and large enterprises all have unique needs for tablets and convertible laptops and Dell believes the Latitude 10 can be customized to meet all of these specific use cases. Regardless of whether you’re a hospital IT manager or a the head of school district you need a mobile PC solution that’s quick to deploy, set up, and update so it won’t require limited IT department resources to be spent on management. In other words, teachers, doctors and businesses want a much lower cost of ownership over the lifecycle of a device … and that’s what Dell is promising with the Latitude 10.
The team at NotebookReview attended a closed-door briefing where Dell showcased the various possible configurations of the Latitude 10 essentials tablet. From ruggedized models for school and workers in the field, to versions with extended-life batteries and laptop docking stations, Dell is ready to position the Latitude 10 as the tablet PC solution that stems the tide of iPad integration in schools and businesses.
Dell performed a series of cost-of-ownership analyses for a hypothetical school, hospital and enterprise that purchases and deploys tablets and maintains them over three years. They compared how much an IT department would spend with two different tablets, the Dell Latitude 10 essentials configuration powered by Windows 8 and and the Apple iPad. To learn more about the job of managing these two tablets, they timed a technician performing a set of typical IT tasks.
Thanks in large part to the dramatically reduced amount of time IT staff would need to allocate to management and maintenance tasks, each Latitude 10 essentials configuration tablet would cost the school $1,248.45 over the course of three years, 14.7 percent less than the $1,462.97 each iPad would cost over that same period. A school or district deploying 500 devices could save more than $100,000 in IT staff time.
The Purchase Is Not The Total Cost
Acquiring tablets for students or employees to use is only the beginning. Over the years that a school or business owns a tablet, IT staff typically devote many hours to taking care of it — from the initial configuration and setup process to periodic software updates to fixing any problems that arise. This time can be reduced by selecting a tablet that is easy to incorporate into the existing infrastructure and quick to deploy, connect to printers, and update because you can use the same tools and processes to manage tablets that you use to manage your desktop and notebook systems.
The Dell Latitude 10 essentials configuration, which runs the full-featured Windows 8 Pro operating system, fully supports x86-based applications to ensure student productivity and can easily join an existing Windows-based management environment. Compared to the Apple iPad, it also requires far less time for IT to set up, maintain, and manage. Because a centralized IT department can manage the Latitude 10 essentials configuration using the network, it reduces the number of on-site visits required for management and support tasks, saving time and money.
The Dell tablet also delivers further savings by allowing schools to use existing software licenses of productivity software such as Microsoft Office, Adobe creative applications or educational software and take advantage of previous investments in adaptive hardware and software such as voice recognition software for students with special needs.
While many IT departments have solutions in house to configure and manage Windows devices, fewer have the mobile device management tools that can manage iPads. As a result, iPad administration is often a series of time-consuming manual tasks. While adopting a mobile device management (MDM) solution could greatly improve manageability of iPads, doing so would have its own costs — not only for the software itself, but also for the time spent researching the many options and training IT staff on using the new solution.
Summary of Total Cost of Tablet Ownership Over Three Years