iPads In The Enterprise Market

  • Posted: 26 August 2010 10:53 PM

    Pretty good read on the iPad’s acceptane by Enterprise and how Microsoft and others might fight back.

    IT BEGINS: Apple’s iPads Are Invading The Corporate Market And Killing Microsoft’s Laptops
    Reported by Business Insider?on Tuesday, 24 August 2010?(3 days ago)

    In the start of a potentially world-changing trend, corporations are beginning to buy Apple’s iPads and develop applications for them.

    In doing so, the companies are breaking free from the vice-grip lock that Microsoft and Intel have had on their business for the past two decades.

    The iPad-adoption stories are mostly anecdotal reports so far, so they won’t show up in quarterly reports and financial statements.? But they could represent the start of a major trend.? And this trend has the potential to upend the enterprise technology industry and, ultimately, cripple Microsoft’s business.

    Some anecdotes from an article by Ben Worthen of the Wall Street Journal:

    · Chicago law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal “offers access to its internal systems for more than 50 iPad-toting attorneys, and *anticipates issuing iPads as an alternative to laptops as soon as next year.”*

    · Apple’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Cook"said in July that “very surprisingly” *half of the Fortune 100 are testing or deploying iPads.” *

    · “More than 500 of the 11,000-plus applications built specifically for the iPad are in the business category. *A free app from Citrix Systems Inc., which allows people to access internal corporate programs from the iPad, has been downloaded more than 145,000 times.”*

    Why are companies jumping on the iPad bandwagon when they have banned or resisted other consumer-friendly technologies—including, initially, the iPhone?

    Several reasons:

    · Apple has fixed several specific early weaknesses with iOS, the operating system that powers iPhones and iPads, including Microsoft Exchange integration, encryption, and deletion of data in lost devices.

    · iPads are significantly cheaper than laptops

    · iPads “boot” instantly, thus eliminating an infuriating feature of Microsoft products that the company has never addressed despite two decades of customer frustration with it.

    · iPads can be carried around showrooms, hospitals, and factory floors and, in the former, used to start the purchasing process while the customer is still drooling over the product

    · Executives are also consumers, and they want at work what they have at home.

    Will iPads kill the laptop business immediately?

    No.? The transition will take a while.

    Could iPads eventually kill the laptop business—and everyone who depends on it?

    iPads are unlikely to kill the laptop business entirely—those who primarily type rather than read will always depend on them.? But iPads could take a big bite out of the laptop market’s growth, especially in the netbook segment.

    Will Microsoft and Dell, etc., just be able to whip up an iPad competitor that does to the iPad what Google’s Android-based phones are now doing to the iPhone? (Blow past them in market share and, gradually, render them less relevant).

    Possibly.? Microsoft still owns the corporate market.? Companies will naturally vastly prefer to do business with Microsoft than a company with a less-developed sales and service infrastructure, and Microsoft understands what corporate customers care about.?? Newcomer Google, meanwhile, will have a tougher time winning corporate business than it has had winning consumer handset business, so Microsoft may not immediately be so far behind when it finally enters the tablet market.

    But make no mistake: Every day that goes by in which corporations are testing iPads and developing applications for them will make it that much tougher for Microsoft to regain total control of this market.?

    The clock is ticking.? And, as yet, Microsoft isn’t even in the game.

         
  • Posted: 27 August 2010 12:35 AM #1

    Forecasting enterprise demand for the iPad is an intriguing aspect of the September quarter’s work. I’m sure MSFT and the PC OEMs have been caught off guard by the demand for the iPad in both the enterprise and consumer markets. It’s the reason so many tablets are being rushed to market.

    But without a robust app environment, most of these tablets will fail. The costs of developing custom apps in terms of time and resources is considerably less than developing applications. The economics of the iPad are better than the economics of netbooks and with the enterprise enhancements to iOS4, enterprise demand should not be surprising any of us.

    The only surprise may be the number iPads sold into the enterprise market. It could be a reason for continuing constraints on domestic supply.

         
  • Posted: 27 August 2010 02:16 AM #2

    DawnTreader - 27 August 2010 03:35 AM

    But without a robust app environment, most of these tablets will fail.

    Applications were the key to Windows rise and Apps may be the key to their fall.

    Windows ruled because IT wanted compatibility. But tablet Apps have to be written from the ground up. You cannot port a Windows Application to a tablet App. So the roles are reversed:  Apple has 300,000 iPhone Apps and 25,000 iPad Apps and Windows has zero. So if you work in IT, are you going to say “Let’s get a Windows tablet because we’re already running Microsoft Office (or some other Windows only software) on our PCs”? No, because NO tablet software is going to be compatible with your notebook/desktop software. So you’re going to ignore legacy software and pick the best tablet available. And even without Apple’s huge App head start, in a fair fight, Apple will win most every time.

         
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    Posted: 27 August 2010 11:03 AM #3

    FalKirk - 27 August 2010 05:16 AM
    DawnTreader - 27 August 2010 03:35 AM

    But without a robust app environment, most of these tablets will fail.

    Applications were the key to Windows rise and Apps may be the key to their fall.

    Windows ruled because IT wanted compatibility. But tablet Apps have to be written from the ground up. You cannot port a Windows Application to a tablet App. So the roles are reversed:  Apple has 300,000 iPhone Apps and 25,000 iPad Apps and Windows has zero. So if you work in IT, are you going to say “Let’s get a Windows tablet because we’re already running Microsoft Office (or some other Windows only software) on our PCs”? No, because NO tablet software is going to be compatible with your notebook/desktop software. So you’re going to ignore legacy software and pick the best tablet available. And even without Apple’s huge App head start, in a fair fight, Apple will win most every time.

    I would say rather then ignoring legacy software, IT has had time to adapt their environment to the iPhone and in the process made the environment compatible with the iPad.  The ability to manipulate Microsoft Office documents is still important, but tools like iWork, Documents to Go, or Quick Office can support that requirement.

         
  • Posted: 27 August 2010 02:26 PM #4

    pats - 27 August 2010 02:03 PM

    I would say rather then ignoring legacy software, IT has had time to adapt their environment to the iPhone and in the process made the environment compatible with the iPad.  The ability to manipulate Microsoft Office documents is still important, but tools like iWork, Documents to Go, or Quick Office can support that requirement.

    I’m sure that helps. But if an IT department has to choose between “legacy” and “compatible”, they will choose “legacy most every time.

    [ Edited: 27 August 2010 02:30 PM by FalKirk ]      
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    Posted: 28 August 2010 11:37 AM #5

    Was doing some research on Diabetes monitoring via the Ipod touch since one of my nephews was recently diagnosed with Type 1, and I came across this article covering the state of the Iphone in medicine.

      Timeline Iphone as a medical tool

    They also have an infographic on the iPad

         
  • Posted: 28 August 2010 02:21 PM #6

    FalKirk - 27 August 2010 05:16 AM
    DawnTreader - 27 August 2010 03:35 AM

    But without a robust app environment, most of these tablets will fail.

    Applications were the key to Windows rise and Apps may be the key to their fall.

    Windows ruled because IT wanted compatibility. But tablet Apps have to be written from the ground up. You cannot port a Windows Application to a tablet App. So the roles are reversed:  Apple has 300,000 iPhone Apps and 25,000 iPad Apps and Windows has zero. So if you work in IT, are you going to say “Let’s get a Windows tablet because we’re already running Microsoft Office (or some other Windows only software) on our PCs”? No, because NO tablet software is going to be compatible with your notebook/desktop software. So you’re going to ignore legacy software and pick the best tablet available. And even without Apple’s huge App head start, in a fair fight, Apple will win most every time.

    I’ve said several times Apple’s business model is the antithesis of what created the Microsoft empire. Microsoft monetized software at the expense of hardware margins.

    Apple is monetizing hardware at the expense of software prices. Inexpensive apps are a draw to the devices and a draw for developers as well because development time is cut significantly, there’s no packaging costs, no manufacturing costs and no inventory issues. There’s one distributor that offers attractive terms and access to tens of millions of customers. Not a bad arrangement.

         
  • Posted: 31 August 2010 02:34 AM #7

    I am watching Rizzoli & Isles (maybe I shouldn’t admit that) and the police on the show are clearly using an Apple iPad to review the suspect’s history, although no Apple logo is shown. (About 4 minutes in.) They swipe to review articles on the suspects’ background and then pinch and expand to show detail on the suspects picture.

    Pretty cool. The iPad is everywhere.

         
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    Posted: 31 August 2010 10:42 AM #8

    Article about iPad rollout at Florida State College via CIO

    350 iPads deployed, 650 more arriving by end of year: Florida State University CIO Rob Rennie is busy learning real-world lessons from his iPad enterprise rollout.

         
  • Posted: 31 August 2010 12:41 PM #9

    Here’s a summary of the article referred to by Pats, above. It talks about real world advantages and disadvantages of the iPad, from the boardroom to the classroom:

    “Rennie has put 350 iPads in the hands of executives, IT staff, administrators, faculty and students?all using the iPads in various ways depending on job function,” Kaneshige reports. “It’s the first phase of a project calling for a thousand iPads to be delivered throughout the college by the end of the year, including at libraries and labs where students can ‘check’ them out.”

    Kaneshige reports, “The first phase of Florida State College’s iPad rollout started shortly after the iPad became available earlier this year. Rennie has learned a lot since then, as he prepares to send more iPads out into the field.”

    Here are five of his surprises:
    1. Executives Love iPads in Meetings
    2. Pushback May Happen in Unexpected Places
    3. Consider the Apple (AAPL) vs. Adobe (ADBE) Fight: Part One, Flash (Rennie is squarely in Apple’s camp and has embraced HTML 5 throughout Florida State College’s Web presence.)
    4. Consider the Apple vs. Adobe Fight : Part Two, PDFs (Rennie was pleasantly surprised at how nice the iPad works with PDFs.)
    5. Users Have iPad Location Privacy Fears

    Full article here: http://www.cio.com/article/607324/My_iPad_Enterprise_Rollout_5_Surprises_?page=3&taxonomyId=3164

         
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    Posted: 31 August 2010 12:59 PM #10

    I am watching Rizzoli & Isles (maybe I shouldn?t admit that) and the police on the show are clearly using an Apple iPad to review the suspect?s history, although no Apple logo is shown. (About 4 minutes in.) They swipe to review articles on the suspects? background and then pinch and expand to show detail on the suspects picture.

    Pretty cool. The iPad is everywhere.

    Have you ever seen the great big clunky PCs many patrol cars have in front on an extendible arm. Those things look dangerous (and UUUgly). Now imagine an iPad that plugs into the dash. I imagine many automobiles and pretty much every military vehicle will eventually have one. Probably won’t be able to sell a car soon without an iPad or iPad support thrown in.

    [ Edited: 31 August 2010 01:10 PM by macProf ]      
  • Posted: 31 August 2010 03:05 PM #11

    macProf - 31 August 2010 03:59 PM

    Have you ever seen the great big clunky PCs many patrol cars have in front on an extendible arm. Those things look dangerous (and UUUgly). Now imagine an iPad that plugs into the dash. I imagine many automobiles and pretty much every military vehicle will eventually have one. Probably won’t be able to sell a car soon without an iPad or iPad support thrown in.

    Cool idea. But why stop there? The iPad is a mobile device. Affixing it to the dash is a waste. Why not have the police carry it with them and gather info on the fly”?

    Come to think of it, I take it back. If the police start using the iPad to e-mail us tickets, we’ll soon come to hate the sight of them!

    [ Edited: 31 August 2010 03:46 PM by FalKirk ]      
  • Posted: 31 August 2010 04:23 PM #12

    Article on iPad in use with doctors and lawyers and businesspeople, oh my!

    http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/technology/ipad-lures-business-users-in-law-medicine-and-other-fields

         
  • Posted: 15 November 2010 07:29 PM #13

    Breakdown of where iPad is being used in business. I’ve pasted that pie chart from the article.

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/btl/good-technology-financial-services-heaviest-users-of-ipads-in-business/41569

         
  • Posted: 16 November 2010 11:00 AM #14

    This is a pretty nice article showing real world use of the iPad by a business known as D7 Consulting:

    How D7 Consulting uses the iPad at work

    http://www.tuaw.com/2010/11/18/how-d7-consulting-uses-the-ipad-at-work/

    [ Edited: 19 November 2010 09:14 AM by FalKirk ]