The moves to cloud computing and shared databases are among the factors driving e-authentication.
The Helix, with an Intel Core processor and running Windows 8, functions as an ultrabook, but with a detachable tablet screen.
With an old-school keyboard, BlackBerry security and new management features, the Q10 meets government's twin demands for productivity and personalization.
HP is set to debut the Slate21, an Android-based desktop with a low-cost upgrade path and options for user sharing that could put it in the government buy basket.
No matter their intended purpose, there are some features of the tablet form factor that every agency needs to consider. We take a look at five models — the Apple iPad, Dell Latitude 10 Enhanced Security, Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet2, Microsoft Surface Pro and Panasonic ToughPad — and see how their features match up with agency needs.
SAP business intelligence and mobile platforms will integrate with Esri ArcGIS.
Panasonic's ToughPad FZ-G1 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet rugged enough to be used in practically any environment. But when multiple options are in use, its power consumption might be an issue.
The iPad's bright display and long battery life may not compensate for its limited processing power and number of ports.
The Latitude's user authentication features will please admins, but users won't love the limited battery power.
The Surface Pro from Microsoft could be a popular choice among government IT administrators, given its large, clear display and processing power. But its larger size and weight might make it less popular among some end users.
Lenovo's ThinkPad Tablet 2 is a Windows 8 Pro tablet with good battery performance well-suited to the agency user who needs a near-desktop experience while operating remotely. But its prior-version USB port might be a hindrance to those using many newer peripherals.
Crittercism's Fathom Mobile Command Center offers a way for agencies to track the performance of increasingly complex mobile applications.