Windows 8 Surface Pro: Is it the tablet to put your CIO’s BYOD concerns to rest?

By Brian Berger, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales

The much-anticipated Surface Pro launch was met with widespread shortages, with reports of long lines of would-be buyers in Seattle and Bellevue. Within a matter of hours, the 128 GB version had sold out online.

If these shortages are an accurate reflection of the demand Microsoft was hoping for, it’s just a matter of time before the first Surface Pros (and their kin) start appearing in your organisation.

And if you’re the CIO, it’s not too soon to start thinking about the implications – from compliance to security and management.

So what’s the plan?

The first step is … relax. While the Surface Pro may feature the same intuitive features of tablets designed primarily for consumers, this isn’t a gussied up iPad look alike.

It really is a PC. And for you, that’s a good thing, starting with the fact it runs the full suite of applications your employees need to do their jobs every day, from Windows Office to accounting programs to

Another benefit comes in not having to incur additional costs for management.  If you’re running Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or its successor Windows Server 2012 like most organizations are, you’ve got the infrastructure in place to establish administrative rights and ownership, create configurations for compliance purposes and to set up protocols around identity and access. And it’s an infrastructure that your staff is already trained and familiar with.

Factor in the fact that the Pro comes standard with an industry security chip called a Trusted Platform Module, and you finally have technology to enable password-free connectivity to Wi-Fi, the corporate VPN or through Microsoft’s VPN alternative, Direct Access.  And while it may be password free, it’s actually more secure.

You know you can’t afford to bypass security. With the Surface Pro and the new generation of tablets running the Windows 8 operating systems, you have so much of what you need right out of the box. What’s not to like? in hearing industry leaders discuss subjects like this and sharing their use-cases? Attend the co-located IoT Tech Expo, Blockchain Expo, AI & Big Data Expo and Cyber Security & Cloud Expo World Series with upcoming events in Silicon Valley, London and Amsterdam and explore the future of enterprise technology.

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