News Analysis: The iPad tablet PC is making its way into the enterprise. And once it becomes ubiquitous, it's highly likely that it will cause major changes in the corporate world.
Apple's iPad is obviously successful in the consumer space,
but according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, the tablet is
also being adopted quite heavily in the corporate world. The publication cited
several companies that are planning to make use of iPads to hopefully boost
employee productivity and mobility.
more companies bring the iPad to their operations,
a significant shift in
the way the corporate world operates will likely ensue. For now, adoption of
tablets is slow. But the floodgates seem to be opening and, soon enough, IT
staff will be forced to deal with a new technology and the good and bad that
come with it. Here are some ways that Apple's iPad will change the corporate
1. The arms race begins
As the iPad starts making its way into more companies, expect
several competing tablets to follow.
The corporate world is an
extremely viable source of serious cash. Most vendors don't want to give that
up. By the end of 2010, the tablet space could be extremely crowded.
2. More security concerns
As with any new technology, businesses will undoubtedly have
more security concerns once the iPad fully arrives in the enterprise. Hackers
will see the iPad as another way to access corporate content. And IT managers
will need to determine where those hackers will be most likely to get in and
secure those areas. It won't be easy, but thanks to Apple's addition of remote
wipe and some new administrative tools, companies should be able to safeguard
themselves relatively effectively.
3. Expect more monitoring
The iPad will force IT staff to do more monitoring of
employees. And, unfortunately, because the device runs on iOS and is mobile,
keeping close tabs on users won't be as easy as it is with Windows-based
products. Regardless, it needs to be done. And it's something that companies
that have yet to bring iPads into their operations need to start thinking
4. Who needs an iPhone?
Apple's iPhone has been slowly gaining some traction in the
corporate world. But when
the iPad starts being adopted by more companies,
it's possible that those
companies will opt against also using Apple's smartphone. After all, the iPhone
isn't as corporate-friendly as a BlackBerry and Apple's iPad boasts many of the
same features as the iPhone 4. In some cases, expect companies to choose the
iPad over the iPhone.