Mobile and Wireless: iPads in the Enterprise: 10 Tips for Rolling Out Tablets to Corporate Users
Tablet PCs have opened up new possibilities for businesses because they transform the way people work. Large enterprises generally know this; Apple CEO Tim Cook noted at the company's April 2012 earnings conference call that 94 percent of the Fortune 500 companies were testing or deploying the iPad. Using an iPad or other tablet, for example, salespeople can decrease lag time when conversing with potential clients, since they have the ability to provide them with product or service information on the spot, if necessary. Sales can be closed and contracts signed on tablet PCs by using electronic signature applications, which makes obsolete the practice of downloading PDFs or Word documents, printing them out and signing paper documents that can be lost or damaged. Physicians and other health care professionals can do their rounds and carry their files with them on a tablet, which also can be used to show patients information. With all this in mind, eWEEK has put together a slide show of key metrics and best practices concerning a corporate iPad rollout. Special thanks for industry insight here goes to Rusty Bishop, founder and CEO of San Diego, Calif.-based FatStax, which makes a professional sales app for iPads that is fully functional on- or off-line.
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Any size company can put together a successful iPad or Android tablet deployment and make it secure. But the company culture needs to be receptive. If you have an older staff, it might take a bit more time to get people to switch over to using iPads. On the other hand, younger employees likely will jump at the chance to use them. The bottom line is if the tool works well, is easy and convenient to use and can be used wherever they are, employees will accept it. But extra stress goes on the term "convenient."