Companies Love The iPad, But Don’t Know What To Do With It

Companies Love The iPad, But Don’t Know What To Do With It

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Tablets are the new must-have device for the cubicle crowd. Trouble is, once that shiny iPad is in their hands, most suits treat tablets like oversized smartphones.

Although tablets – 83 percent of them iPads – are being handed out in corporate suites like Wall Street bonuses, just half of companies surveyed by Digital Research said they had any plan. So, what are these $500-a-pop devices being used for? Maybe teleconferencing? Perhaps number-crunching? No, wait – stress relief?

Wrong.

Shuffling paper and helping road warriors is the most common use for tablets. Yes, all the power that an iPad provides and the devices are used for things more suitable for a smartphone or cheap netbook. A little like giving out Ferrari’s for city driving, don’t you think? Hopefully, companies will get a clue and make use of all that horsepower that iPad offers.

  • JayeDee369

     Unfortunately we have the fear-mongerers out there scaring people away from wi-fi and sending info thru 3G (4G) so company policy makers are hiding behind their mother’s skirt instead of embracing this new way of transmitting and storing information. It’s sad that it takes this country so long to get with the program and we’re suppose to be leading the world-what a waste of good tech!

  • Alan303

     It is all about “Portability”. Given I can do 80-90% of what I need on a computer, I can do on an iPad. I was able to perform work throughout my dinner and on the bed in the hotel using my iPad. Or for those people like to browse the internet while watching TV, an iPad is a much better experience. I can do webEx, GotoMeeting, Chatter, Logmein (remote to any computer), Facetime with family while I am traveling just to name a few. It is all about convenience, you can think of it like life before iPhone, Android, etc… to certain extend. Think of senario where you wouldn’t carry a laptop but you would if it is an iPad.

  • JimG

    In the last month, since I got my iPad, I have been using it to write up air conditioning services out in the field with evernote. When I return to the office, my work orders are on my mac ready to invoice. I tried to get this kind of setup back in the nineties, but things just weren’t ready. I think there are many ways that companies can utilize the iPad. If I could run my company accounting software on the iPad, I would be happy.

  • gnomehole

     Dumb article.   Doing meeting notes does not happen on a smartphone, unless you own one of those idiotic 4.X” Android wannabe tablet phones with the 3 hour battery life.

    The basics of an iPad are worth gold in the enterprise.. the rest is just platinum on top.   Save some money, get users a desktop + iPad instead of an expensive laptop they will never undock. Its less $ and they become more productive, if for no other reason than they can show some passion around what they carry for the first time in like 20 years.

    Don’t overthink it.

  • Marcus

    The Peach Partnership LTD, are an Apple Authorised training company who have courses for iPad’s and iPhone’s for businesses in this situation. It’s called iOS Support & Deployment, take a look at it on http://www.thepeachpartnership.co.uk . Understanding how to make the best use of iDevices is just as important as having fun with them!

  • Thomas

    am i supposed to believe somebody that that doesn’t know the how to use the word suppose correctly?

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Ed SutherlandEd Sutherland is a veteran technology journalist who first heard of Apple when they grew on trees, Yahoo was run out of a Stanford dorm and Google was an unknown upstart. Since then, Sutherland has covered the whole technology landscape, concentrating on tracking the trends and figuring out the finances of large (and small) technology companies.

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