The new Apple iPad is expected to be embraced by enterprise users, though its new perks—LTE connectivity, an HD display and a high-speed processor—are also concerns for IT professionals tasked to support it within their networks.
has won over once-tentative enterprises, in recent years, and the new iPad is no
exception. However, its arrival may bring as many challenges as benefits,
especially for the IT professionals with the task to support it within their
screen is certainly a great asset of the new iPad, and considering how many of
the clients we are talking to use iPads to show brochures or other marketing
material, they could certainly benefit from it," Carolina Milanesi, a
Gartner research vice president, told eWEEK
"In the U.S., the addition of LTE [Long-Term Evolution] might appeal to
some organizations whose users are particularly mobile and therefore more
reliant on cellular coverage and speed."
tremendous potential in the education markets, such as institutional purchases
and direct sales to students.
"Apple has been aggressively courting
educators, hosting events at its Cupertino, Calif., campus and expanding its
offerings of digital textbooks and educational applications," the firm
said in a March 7 report.
The iPad 2 will play a substantial role in the
education market, as school districts work to match ever-shrinking budgets with
demand for the latest technology, added Rhoda Alexander, an IHS senior manager
of tablet and monitor research.
IHS noted that Apple also is expanding into "corporate
and specialty markets, such as medical and transportation," and that its
appeal for more than consumer users "provides additional insulation for
Apple from the price wars currently besetting the Android marketplace."
Enterprise mobile device management company
Zenprise, in a new report
, found that 57
percent of the organizations enrolling in its Zencloud solution are using
iOScompared with 33 percent using Android and 10 percent using Windows Mobileand
that it expects that to increase with the release of the newest iPad, as well
as the reduced iPad 2.
However, three of the new iPad's greatest selling
pointsits sharp screen, 4G LTE capabilities and speedy processorare also
Guggenheim Partners analyst Sing Yin said in a
research note, according to a Mar. 8 Reuters
report, that current data plans from AT&T and Verizon "seem
ill-matched for the new LTE iPad, which has the potential to consume a lot of
Yin added that "multi-device data plans could
make the LTE option more attractive."
wrote the same day that workers choosing to
enjoy the high-definition display by downloading videos or other large files through
WiFi, instead of the more costly LTE, could easily bog down a corporate network
in, say, a 100-person office.
Given the new iPad's features, Blue Coat Systems
Senior Product Manager Ed O'Connell said in the report, enterprises are more
likely than in the past to find the iPad acceptable, "and that means a
tremendous amount of added network traffic."
Gartner's Milanesi adds that bring-your-own-device (BYOD)
policies, in which workers bear the cost of their devices, could help to temper
the arrival of the new iPad, and its effects.
"BYOD is still the great majority of iPads in
the enterprise, and when it is down to the individual, many will want the new
gadget more because of the fact that it is new than [as a] direct benefit to
their productivity," Milanesi told eWEEK
"If the iPads have been rolled out by the organization, it might be less
common to see upgrades this soon from an iPad 2, but certainly from [the first