Apple’s iPad – Is A Fad Or A Revolution For Enterprises?

There is absolutely no doubt in how much I love and cherish my iPad (it’s Apple). I carry it to work, my gymnasium, my park, my car, I am simply addicted to it, you can say. But, I am not complaining (well, others are and that’s alright.) What I and many others like me want to say, is that the iPad revolution is changing the way we work – at offices or in our homes. The iPad is everywhere, from business personnel to young kids, everyone seems very much glued to their iPads. What I am trying to find out here is how important is the iPad for businesses? Is what we experiencing just a ‘fad’ or a ‘wave of change’ plotted by Apple?

Before we jump into decoding the future of our beloved iPad, however things were quite different when it was first introduced. Back then, the press or anyone was talking or writing in favor of it. Even then Apple managed to sell more than 100 million iPads and is expected to sell 33 million more iPads in 2013. Amazing! Not surprisingly, Apple has released its company earnings from iPad in the first quarter of 2013. At this time, Apple has already sold 19.5 million iPads and is expecting to sell 18.3 million more.

Coming back to our discussion of the importance of iPad for businesses, I would like to point out one survey. According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) the use of the iPad has greatly increased in the business sphere. There seems to be an 8% increase in business usage of the iPad. This increase can be assigned largely to improved screen displays and faster connections.

Apart from this Apple has launched a site dedicated to its iPad and iPad Mini. The site boasts about its awesome features such as its extended battery life. Apple lovers are calling it a great marketing move by Apple. However, I view it in positive light as it shows the focus of Apple towards the ‘business’ sector, more so.

If you are a believer of the statistics you will agree that iPad is a great tool for office-personnel. The entire BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) culture rests on this thinking. As per a research by Harris Interactive it states that 81% of employees are already using their own devices at work. However, there are still some concerns about sharing data on iPads, let’s take a look at them:

Security

Data is flowing more frequently among servers and devices. Many of them are unregistered and not so secure. As per a recent survey by Forrester it found that 40% of professionals are scared about data security on their devices. This is a huge concern that may push IT to create new rules for data sharing and distribution for enterprises.

Though the benefits of BYOD are unquestionable and a study by CDW poll confirms this by saying that with BYOD 84% of professionals have been able to increase their hourly productivity via multitasking on their tablets, the iPad is not a comprehensive solution in itself. This takes us to our second concern which is:

Support

For iPad to succeed in enterprises, it has to extend its native support for management tools and security services such as VPN clients, BitLocker, Active Directory, credential managers which are present in the Windows-centric offices. Moreover, the iPad must sync with BYOD’s security policies to ensure better management of data within enterprises. Apple can take advantage of tools that can handle or control all devices connected to a network.

In today’s fast paced world with shorter deadlines, employees surely need improved storage and file-sharing tools. Only an effective collaboration of best practices can ensure a seamless enterprise-environment for IT to flourish.

To Summarize

Here’s some motivation for our employers – after quizzing our iPad so much you won’t be surprise to learn that LinkedIn’s CEO Jeff Weiner, has gifted everyone of its 3,500 employees an iPad Mini. This is to reward the employees of the dedication and hard-work that has helped LinkedIn to grow. All I can say now that iPad is here to stay and Apple will revolutionize enterprise-development in more ways than you can think of.

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