Apple iPad: 10 Ways It Will Change the Corporate World

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.

As 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 world.

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 about.

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.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...