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10 Tough Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Slate for the Enterprise

There are a multitude of new tablet and slate PC devices on the market that do not easily comply with corporate standards. Mindful of security risks and potential integration costs, enterprises are increasingly alert to the fact that consumer tablets do not fit readily in the workplace. These are the questions that enterprises should ask to identify if a potential slate PC will be a good fit for their business needs, says mobile computing expert Meinolf Althaus, Director Workplace Systems Product Strategy at Fujitsu Technology Solutions: 1. Does the device meet stringent compliance and corporate governance requirements? There are many consumer devices on the market that pose serious IT security breaches as they are not designed specifically to meet compliance and governance requirements. Some devices have even been banned for use in government and public institutions. For a slate PC to meet the strict security policies set by government and enterprise, it must be designed to provide state-of-the-art security and compatibility with existing security solutions. 2. What about security? Is the device secured against privacy breaches if lost or stolen? Enterprises should look for devices that include Advanced Theft Protection (ATP), a system platform that is resistant to hacking and allows data to be remotely deleted in case of loss or theft. Features such as Full Disk Encryption, SmartCard readers and embedded Trusted Platform Module (TPM) help ensure that even if the device is lost or stolen, the data it carries remains protected at all times. 3. What about manageability? How (if at all) will the tablet integrate into a corporate environment? Devices such as the STYLISTIC Q550 running Microsoft Windows 7 operating system provide seamless integration into an enterprise or government environment. Devices with Windows 7 operating systems have advanced manageability tools built-in, lowering the cost of integration and the overall cost of ownership. Especially for highly mobile devices, such as a slate PC, easy manageability is a must. In addition, many enterprises want the ability to configure the slate to individual users preferences or to a corporate standard, and to have the ability to connect with existing or new accessories via standard interfaces such as USB. 4. How easy is input and content creation? Does the device offer multiple touch input and pen digitizer? An efficient business slate should combine a multiple touch interface with precise and pressure-sensitive pen input, automatically recognizing when users are working with a pen or touch and above all, allowing users to rest their hand on the screen when writing. Multi-finger gesture control provides the best user experience. Built-in handwriting recognition software is another important feature to convert input to text.

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5. What kind of battery runtime does the device need? Is it capable of lasting a full working day? For maximum productivity, slate PCs should have a battery runtime capable of lasting the full working day, plus a swappable battery to avoid the productivity loss that results from having to hunt for power outlets during the day or stop using the device because the battery is empty. A cradle for recharging or a separate battery charger will enhance the usability and flexibility. 6. Does it need seamless connectivity? Slate PCs should have WLAN, Bluetooth and the option for mobile broadband 3G/UMTS to ensure connectivity anytime, anywhere. Look for devices which are not bundled with telco tariffs to enjoy a free choice and the lowest rates. 7. Will the device allow users to run full versions of the enterprise software that organizations require? The slate PC should be designed to run all standard enterprise applications that would normally be used in the workplace, for example Microsoft Office suites, as well as offering full compatibility. Anything else is a compromise. 8. How easy is collaboration? Can the device run native Microsoft Office applications? Converters, filters and readers they all take their toll by eating up valuable minutes of the working day: time that could otherwise have been spent using a slate PC that is able to natively run Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint and then send back annotated versions using Outlook. 9. What is the vendors track record with building mobile devices for the enterprise? Vendors with a long history of delivering quality mobile computing for the enterprise have the expertise to anticipate the unique needs of the enterprise, and have already fine-tuned their slate PC offerings through years of experience. Reliability will be a key decision item when selecting a vendor, and this reliability is linked to experience. 10. Is the device suitable for your working environment? Can it be used both indoors and out? Can it be operated when the user is wearing gloves? Planning to deploy tablets in the enterprise means taking account of working environments. For example, in a hospital, where medical staff are wearing gloves but still need to use a touch-screen to enter data or in outdoor environments where screen glare can make it impossible to use some devices. Fujitsu is building on its decades of experience in building slate PCs to ensure that the STYLISTIC Q550 passes all these real-life workplace tests and can answer all these questions positively.

About Fujitsu Fujitsu is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT)-based business solutions for the global marketplace. With approximately 170,000 employees supporting customers in over 100 countries, Fujitsu combines a worldwide corps of systems and services experts with highly reliable computing and communications products and advanced microelectronics to deliver added value to customers. Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$55 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011. For more information, please see: www.fujitsu.com. About Fujitsu Technology Solutions Fujitsu Technology Solutions is the leading European IT infrastructure provider with a presence in all key markets in Europe,

the Middle East and Africa, plus India, serving large-, medium- and small-sized companies as well as consumers. With its Dynamic Infrastructures approach, the company offers a full portfolio of IT products, solutions and services, ranging from clients to datacenter solutions, Managed Infrastructure and Infrastructure as a Service. Fujitsu Technology Solutions employs more than 13,000 people and is part of the global Fujitsu Group. For more information, please see: ts.fujitsu.com/aboutus. All other company or product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. Information provided in this press release is accurate at time of publication and is subject to change without advance notice.