The Test of Success: Increasing Productivity

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2010-08-24 Print this article Print

5. The good and bad of the App Store

Part of the reason why companies are starting to adopt the iPad is Apple's App Store. There are currently hundreds of enterprise-focused apps available in the marketplace that should help employee productivity. But there is also a downside to the App Store. The marketplace is filled with games, entertainment apps and other content that might distract employees. Plus, if malicious apps are downloaded, malware could eventually break through. Companies should keep a close eye on employee downloading habits. 

6. Netbooks will lose out

Prior to the release of the iPad, netbooks were all the rage in the corporate world. They offered mobility at a low price. They were ideal for most organizations. But with the iPad now starting to become a major player in the corporate world, netbooks will likely lose ground. 

7. Notebooks might even lose

It's highly likely that netbooks will lose significance in the enterprise, but it's possible that notebooks also will lose their value to corporate customers. For some companies, providing employees with a lightweight tablet is sufficient. And with a starting price of $499, the iPad is arguably a better value than a cheap notebook. Of course, that doesn't mean that every business will opt for an iPad over a notebook. But there is a real chance that the tablet's sales will hurt notebook sales to some degree. 

8. It'll be big until the Cisco Cius arrives

The iPad might be appealing to companies now, but it should be interesting to see if it still attracts corporate customers when the Cisco Cius is released. The Android-based Cius will integrate with existing Cisco infrastructure. Along with tablet functionality, it will also double as a video conferencing device with Cisco phones. Plus, it will come with access to the Android Market as a counterpart to Apple's App Store. The Cius arguably has the best chance of supplanting the iPad in the corporate space. 

9. Companies might think twice about Android smartphones

Speaking of Android, it's possible that if companies like what they find in the iPad, they will opt against Android smartphones. Currently, the corporate world is deciding if the mobile device of choice is an iPhone, an Android-based device or a BlackBerry. Ideally, companies would like to keep the BlackBerry because of its enterprise integration. They would also like, however, to get the functionality of next-generation devices such as the iPhone 4 or Android smartphones. If the iPad satisfies that desire, it's likely that Android won't be infiltrating the corporate world in any significant way. 

10. Productivity should increase

If the iPad is anything, it's a fine mobile productivity tool. It's lightweight enough to stick in a bag for business trips, while being useful enough to make users productive no matter where they are. As a result, companies should see an increase in productivity from their workers. Workers will be able to get tasks done at home, on the road or just about anywhere else. The iPad extends the workday and helps companies get more for less.

Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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