Download the authoritative guide: Cloud Computing 2018: Using the Cloud to Transform Your BusinessJust when mobile managers and IT departments started feeling comfortable supporting the iPhone, now comes the Apple's new handheld computer, the iPad. At first glance, Apple's iPad appears to be squarely aimed at consumers who want a mobile device that's bigger than a smartphone but smaller than a laptop for experiencing entertainment multimedia. But analysts say a closer evaluation shows that we'll be seeing the iPad in the enterprise as part of the emerging mobile office. While much has been said about the iPad's specs and multimedia functionality, analysts say the large screen and enterprise apps that it runs make it a good fit for certain businesses, though like the first iterations of the iPhone, there are mobile security and management challenges for IT. "The iPad is clearly aimed at consumers, but Apple isn't completely ignoring the enterprise: e-mail, calendar and contacts are all built-in. Apple also rebuilt the iWork suite for the iPad, and then priced these relatively full function Office applications using the iPhone app pricing model -- just $10 each. "Even with iWork and a separate keyboard an iPad does not truly replace a notebook, but if you can get at least some work done on it, then it gives consumers another reason to buy an iPad, as a laptop replacement for short trips," Avi Greengart, research director of mobile and consumer devices at Current Analysis, said in a research note shared with EnterpriseMobileToday.com.
Mobile IT, Mobile Network Security Pitfalls of the iPadChris Hazelton, research director for mobile and wireless technologies at The 451 Group, agrees that the iPad's combination of a large display with the customized iWork suite of apps for spreadsheets and so on makes it ideal for business use. However, he said the lack of security and management features could cause headaches for mobile managers and IT.
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