McDade says integration of tablet applications with other applications is not an issue in the Morris School District, because unlike desktop and laptop computers, the devices aren't used to access internal file servers or other back-end apps that the district is running. The drawback is that this can limit the devices' value as a networked component. "The iPad device is basically an individual, consumer product," he says.
Whether it makes sense to hire outside experts to help with any needed integration depends on the scope and scale of the project, the constraints on human resources and IT, and the financial limits of the organization, Winthrop says. "They might not have enough [resources] to get this done on time, or they might not have the technical acumen," he says.
For many companies, the deployment of tablet devices is still so new that they haven't yet developed much expertise in terms of software development and integration.
"Organizations are very much still struggling with how to go about deciding what [apps] to mobilize and how they're going to support all this stuff," Winthrop says. "This is why it's key for organizations to develop a mobility strategy."
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