I posted a while back on my Dell Latitude 10 tablet promising I would give you feedback on how I was doing. The answer is GREAT.
The device has truly changed the way i do may daily tasks and is enabling me to do things i could not to before on my classic laptop. My daily job basically requirs me to do 2 things.
1) First I need to get connect to client 2 site vpn’s and remote manage infrastructures over ssh, powershell and rdp. The latitude is perfect for this as it’s a full featured windows supporting all the networking tools i need to remote manage. I don’t run many tools natively off the device as my work is in and out of datacenters. Once I remote control i harness the power of the remote systems to do the heavy duty work.
There is no more need for me to have a huge laptop with many VM’s as labs,… as I have very much shifted my working into IAAS cloud, more on this later.
2) Secondly I hop in and out of meetings. A great majority of my meetings have now shifted from face to face, to remote video conf. I’m sure many of your businesses have done the same of will do so in the next year. It just makes sense from en economic perspective and it makes live more enjoyable enabling any time any where working environments. A huge aspect of these meetings are design technical meetings that require met to visualize thoughts or make complex IT structures simple to understand for executives. The best way to do this has always been to build up the story through white boarding. Helps the attendees see the different components of a solution and ends with the broad overview. On my classic laptop I was using I had lost this powerfull medium, however with the Latitude 10 and OneNote this all came back and better then ever.
OneNote and the digitizer pen capabilities of the Surface pro, Latitude 10,… must be the two most underappreciated elements every. They really make writing on a digital device possible at a level we could only dream of. It’s 100% integrated, simple to use and just works.
Before the meeting I head out to outlook to create a OneNote from the meeting request. This injects the meeting info directly into the OneNote file ensuing i have all the meeting details in the Note. When the meeting starts I use the device flat on the table and the digitizer pen with OneNote app. To ensure optimal audio quality for myself and if I have some colleagues with me in the room I often connect a Jabra Speaker 510 series to the tablet.
My Note files are stored directly on Skydrive. After the meeting I head out to the one Note Classic application, let it sync the notes down from skydrive and convert the notes to PDF sending them out to the attendee’s within minutes.
And not only does it help my white boarding and video conf meetings, it’s also replace the laptop + Echo liveScribe pen solution i used to take with me. Call me old school but writing down things with pen / digital paper just helps me memorize things and triggers my brain, while typing is more an input and forget experience for me.
Now to all good stories there must always be a BUT story and i explicitly put it in the picture above. With paper and pen you never used to need to worry about will it work. A tablet solution is more like a cell phone solution, you really have to think about power. With a laptop it used to be a breeze to just plug in the power and continue working. With tablet based devices the power cord very much hinders your writing and working. Even more, we have been Dell customers for years in the latitude series and the chargers could be interchanged. Now I’m left with only one or two chargers, if i forget to charge or a charger i can literally be left dead in the water. Many of you may smile now but it is an important thing to think of when you move to the mobile computing world. Just as with my cell phone i plug in the tablet every evening and I need to remember to take my power cord with me or I could run into trouble.
In any case if you want to go more paperless, have a look at a tablet with a digitizer pen and OneNote, you just can’t compare it to the Ipad with stylus solution. The pro tablets have a separate touch and digitizer technology built into the box. This makes it possible for you to rest your hand on the device while still being able to write. This in combination with the fine tip and fast response of the digitizer pen gives you a clean and responsive experience no other device can give.