A review on Cloud computing and tablets for play and work

Technology has been the rage in agricultural circles in 2012, as predicted. We’ve seen more than a 300 percent increase in Cloud computing among our agricultural clients. [emember_protected custom_msg=”Click here and register now to read the rest of the article!”]

Cloud computing involves using the Internet for applications, computing and data storage. Some ag clients have dedicated web servers, some share Web server resources in the Cloud, and some manage their own. Why all the interest? Cloud computing is simple and cost effective.

We’ve also been seeing many new tablets, or touchscreen computers, with 6-inch to 12-inch displays. They’ve been selling for $80 to $1,500 and run with Windows, Android, or Apple’s operating systems. Tablets are hot commodities. I got my hands on the very last Windows 8 tablet from Samsung at the Winter Haven Staples recently. They had gotten two in two hours before! My brand-new Samsung ATIV 500T Slate tablet computer, with a 11.6-inch screen and touch capability, came with everything I needed: Microsoft Word and Excel, plus email, and an attractive price tag of $649.

This Samsung is easy to use, has plenty of horsepower, and the touchscreen is quick and responsive with hand touch or the stylus. It can be used for work, home and family, with camera and video. The combined technology of tablet hardware and Windows 8 makes it simple. Kudos to Microsoft and Samsung!

If you’re looking for a nice Christmas gift, you may want to consider these tablets. Happy holidays to you and your family. My best for the upcoming year!

CREDIT

column by RICK MONTNEY

BIO: Rick Montney is the Vice President of ProPak Software. His extensive experience spans over 35 years in business information systems technologies with previous employment at Exxon Office Systems, Information & Computing Services, and IBM. For the past 20 years, his focus has been on agricultural software technologies. [/emember_protected]