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Ready or not, here come the business tablets

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols | June 20, 2011
The multitudes have spoken: They love the Apple iPad, they want more tablets, and they want them in the office. Here's what to expect.

Proffitt is not the only one who sees it that way. Gartner recommends that IT organizations provide at least "concierge-level" iPad support for key users and prepare a budgeted plan for widespread support of the iPad by mid-2011.

Is yours a Windows shop with no interest in supporting an Apple, Android or webOS product? Tough. Stephen Prentice, a Gartner fellow and vice president, says in a statement, "Some IT departments will say they are a 'Windows shop,' and [that] Apple does not support the enterprise. Organizations need to recognize that there are soft benefits in a device of this type in the quest to improve recruitment and retention. Technology is not always about productivity."

I know explaining that to your CFO is going to be a real joy, but maybe, if you requisition him an iPad 2, he won't notice. It's got to be worth a try, right? Because, ready or not, tablets of all sorts are coming to your business.


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