We are in the process of moving our Management software to a state approved web based system. We work in child welfare and most of our contact with families are in their home. Currently everyone has desktops at the office go out take notes and comeback and enter their contacts. Not very efficient.
The state has recently given use several computers like these
Our IT dept has not set them up to be able to use the tablet function ans print any documents. We have had this discussion several times. I can access my desktop at the office over a VPN, but I can't use the tablet functions while I am doing it. The big advantage of the tablets is the familes can sign the documents right on the computer. If I do that I can't print because IT doesn't have that set up.
So fast forward, I am becoming the point man for the new system I attend my first regional meeting in January. I have yet to see the new system and we have no documentation so to speak. I am going to a neighboring to check out the system to get a very basic knowledge of how it works. In the next year and half our lease on our desktop computers will be up and will need to be replaced.
The more portable the computer is the better it is for the Caseworkers. Which got me thinking about Chromebooks or something along the lines of Ipads or MS-Surface tablets. The key is the need to use MS-Word and excel. I can do this with Office web apps, and it has to be MS-Office, google docs doesn't work. I can do this with a Sharepoint server, I would rather not host it myself because I do not have the staff to do that, I would have to contract that out. There are concerns for confidentiality as well in this process and I would be support about 25 users.
How workable is this on a reasonable budget, I am just getting into the nuts and bolts of this and am just trying to get some background. I am a Social Worker by profession, and a wanna be computer geek (I do run Linux at home). Any help would be appreciated.