The Upside—and Downside—of Sharing Tech

The Upside—and Downside—of Sharing Tech



In a sense, mobile devices were at the forefront of the “sharing” economy. For years, businesses, libraries, schools and other organizations have been sharing expensive technology to stretch their budgets and give users better experiences. Sharing technology can provide great benefits.

The Upside

Providing access to technology users can’t afford individually.

Libraries and schools often provide access to desktops, laptops, tablets and media that patrons and students don’t have access to at home. Getting maximum use out of devices. Considering how fast technology becomes obsolete, it pays to get as much daily use from devices as you can while they’re in service.

Getting the latest tech on a budget.

By sharing expensive devices, organizations have been able to provide the latest equipment and the most advanced programs to their users on limited budgets.

Boosting productivity.

Technology makes tasks easier and faster. Sharing it spreads the wealth.

Creating rich media presentations.

Technology on the go has made it easier than ever for professionals to enhance their presentations with media.

The Downside

At the same time, sharing technology presents some potential problems:

Lost and stolen devices.

It’s sad but inevitable: with device sharing comes the potential for theft. The high value and easy portability of mobile devices make them a favorite target for thieves.

Lost accessories and chargers.

It’s even easier for accessories and chargers to go missing when they’re shared among a group of users. Often, a missing accessory takes an entire device out of service until a replacement can be found.

Damaged devices.

Shared devices and accessories are vulnerable to damage during moving and storage.

The Real Problem

Damaged and lost equipment doesn’t necessarily result from neglect. When proper storage is lacking, users often find it difficult or impossible to keep equipment organized and protected.

Security Meets Mobility

You can help prevent losses and damage to your devices by giving them a mobile solution of their own from Datum. We offer computer security carts that provide customized locking compartments for devices and accessories. Our carts feature ventilation and padding to protect devices from damage. Models are available with integrated charging stations, too. For high-tech presentations on the go, we offer media carts and a Mobile Podium™. A mobile podium or media cart can provide state-of-the-art equipment to a host of meeting locations and classrooms easily and safely. So go ahead, feel free to share. Just make sure to include secure storage in your plans. Contact us for free information and a quote today. Request a Quote >


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