Apple iPad and the Enterprise


You've probably read enough about the iPad already, so I won't bore you with any of my own commentary--which is good, because I'm buy no means a consumer technology expert.

The iPad looks cool and all, but what's the CIO's motivation for using it in the enterprise?

I kicked that question over to Mark White and Bill Briggs, a principal and a director, respectively, with Deloitte Consulting.

Here's what they had to say:

"Leading CIO's are investing in solutions that are deployed at the 'point of business' - recognizing that resources whose jobs force them to be away from a desktop represent a large, untapped asset where technology could innovate, if not transform, their business processes. At the same time, stakeholder expectations for IT are growing more sophisticated due to influences from consumer technology. New themes are emerging: intuitiveness, interoperability, portability, aggregation. The iPad builds from the iPhone's successes to combine these concepts in a powerful way.

The other strength in Apple's strategy is the robust virtual supply chain supporting the application lifecycle already in place. The apps are the real difference maker in wireless & mobility, and the ability to extend their successful ecosystem into the tablet space could yield extremely compelling results. Out of the 140,000 apps already available, an increasing percentage are productivity and 'business-application' focused--specifically looking to expose pieces of complex back and mid-office processing from enterprise packages through rich internet application-like front-ends. This can continue given the additional resources--processing power, screen size, battery life--of the iPad."

The big question for IT pros: What's your initial reaction to the iPad? What opportunities/potential do you see for your company?

More smart thinking on the iPad:

Scott Anthony: Does the Apple iPad Make Strategic Sense?

Agam Shah: Apple's iPad Has Pitfalls for Enterprise


4 Comments for "Apple iPad and the Enterprise"

  • Vera August 27, 2013 5:59 am

    Great common sense here. Wish I'd thought of that.

  • Paul Shadwell February 01, 2010 10:08 am

    One area that I am looking to pursue with the iPad is that of a thin client. Using the iPad in conjunction with a thin-client app such as Citrix Receiver (already an iPhone app) could potentially be of huge benefit to companies wishing to focus more on centralised management and solution delivery - they will see the low cost but high quality of the iPad a potentially huge benefit very good ROI since you would only need the $499 entry level version to achieve this. Of course, this still has to be tested, but I will certainly be testing one as soon as it's available.

  • Reed_On_The_Run February 01, 2010 10:04 am

    Totally agree with Mark & Bill @Deloitte. We are seeing this trend that CIOs are looking at more ways to mobilize the workforce, and even CEOs are talking about mobilizing the revenue. With a plethora of devices and applications plus more reliable and faster network underpinnings, mobility has at long last reached the transformational opportunity. But the quote misses two key themes of mobile user hyper-sensitivity to service quality and IT manageability... a key area that IT service management will need to evolve to address mobility in its many forms.

  • Vincent Marchionni, Jr. MNBA, MS February 01, 2010 8:51 am

    This is NOT just a consumer device! This IS the shape of the portable computer! Obviously it is IDEAL for education when the textbooks are available for K to MBA! It IS the ideal form factor for most office applications, especially for managers. It accommodates full-page document reading and spreadsheet work in landscape and you can make presentations. It is a superb form factor! Use your file servers for business document storage and retrieval in an enterprise repository (which you should have already for good risk management and disaster recovery). By the way, MS Office compatibility is a sham even in the Windows world, so go to pdf for the authority versions and solve the compatibility problems. Once a document is completed it should not matter what you need to read it!

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