There is no doubt the iPad has made a huge splash in the market, with some well-known analyst firms claiming it will revolutionise the business models and markets of numerous enterprises. But where exactly does the iPad fit into the enterprise?
“I’m a great fan of the tablet and have been tracking the rise of Ultra Mobile Personal Computers (UMPCs) like the iPad for some time,” commented Kareem Tawansi, CEO of software development provider, Solentive Software.
“As with every market that Apple enters, they make the mundane techie devices appeal to a wider audience of non-technical users. Like the iPod and iPhone before it, the iPad is an easy to use, aesthetically pleasing device which, in my opinion, is great for people who are not very tech savvy.
“However, as a leader of a software development company and by default a techie, I find the iPad’s highly controlled closed platform quite inhibiting,” Kareem continued. “In fact I feel a sense of being confined when I’m using it.
“As for where it fits in the corporate world,” commented Kareem, “it wouldn’t be my choice of device where access to corporate applications is a necessity. From a corporate perspective, I believe an Android or Windows-based tablet would be more suitable.”
“Having said that, I believe the iPad is worth all the attention it gets and using it as a reward and/or incentive to non-techie executives would be a great idea.”