Enterprise Networking: Apple iPads Go to Work in Many Enterprises, Industries
Apple's iPad may be the ultimate consumer tablet, enabling users to read books, play games, watch video and engage in all sorts of fun, multimedia-rich activities. However, Gartner said business applications for the iPad and other tablet devices are moving beyond simple productivity tools toward secure enterprise applications. Part of the reason for this is that knowledge workers are buying tablets as consumers and bringing them into the workplace. CEOs, for example, use tablets for distributing material for board meetings, while salespeople use them for in-person meetings. Marketers may use iPads and other tablets to promote their business. Apple recently said some 92 percent of Fortune 500 companies are testing or deploying iPads. "Anywhere you once saw people carrying a clipboard or lugging printed reference material, you'll find an application for a tablet," explained Gartner analyst David Willis. In this slide show, eWEEK runs through some of the business case uses for iPads in particular and tablets in general. You might be surprised by the variety of fields in which the iPad is used.