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 big question for IT pros: What's your initial reaction to the iPad? What opportunities/potential do you see for your company?
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."
More smart thinking on the iPad:
Scott Anthony: Does the Apple iPad Make Strategic Sense?
Agam Shah: Apple's iPad Has Pitfalls for Enterprise