Apple's iPad at work: Consumerization, security and support

Apple's iPad at work: Consumerization, security and support

Summary: Apple's iPad is making its way into a company near you, but there are a lot of crosscurrents in adoption. The productivity gains meet security worries.

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Apple's iPad is making its way into a company near you, but there are a lot of crosscurrents in adoption.

Earlier this week, Citrix posted the results of a survey of 4,951 people. These people were Citrix customers who are interested in the iPad or using the device already.

Among the crosscurrents:

  • 62 percent say they will buy the iPad for work. However, 57 percent said their companies aren't buying them. Talk about consumerization.
  • 91 percent of respondents said they will use the iPad primarily for productivity applications and another 68.8 percent cited collaboration as the primary use.
  • Email was the primary use for the iPad by far (95.4 percent).
  • 44.5 percent of respondents said the iPad is convenient for work, but they haven't used it a lot. 42 percent said that they are more productive and use the iPad daily.
  • 72 percent of respondents said their companies will give them access to corporate resources on their personal iPads.
  • 28 percent said their companies are shutting out the iPad. Of that group, here are the biggest reasons why the iPad is being shunned.

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Topics: Apple, Collaboration, Enterprise Software, iPad, Mobility, Security, Software

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  • Good thing they got a representative cross section!!

    [i]These people were Citrix customers who are [b]interested in the iPad or using the device already[/b].[/i]

    Kind of puts all those numbers in perspective.

    [i]Newsflash, eating poo is popular amongst people who are interested in eating poo or are eating poo already!!![/i]
    NonZealot
    • blah.. blah.. blah.. poo.. blah.. blah.. poo.. ??? whatever man!

      @NonZealot - i don't understand your point at all.. it's not presented in any way as a survey or the random people.. it's a survey of people who are interested in using an iPad at work and the success, failures/barriers etc they are having at doing so.. what they use it for etc.. that seemed pretty clear to me.. what are you talking about?? you comment is completely incoherent!

      this is a very interesting survey.. for people who are interested in using iPads at work.. 72% got their workplace to allow them to access corp resources on their iPad.. that's way more than i would have thought... what are are the barriers and reason and excuse etc they come up against when they are not allowed etc, etc. it's interesting, to me..
      doctorSpoc
      • RE: Apple's iPad at work: Consumerization, security and support

        @doctorSpoc

        It's presented as results from a survey of people who are already trapped in a thin client scam. I'm afraid their credibility is already in question.
        tonymcs@...
    • RE: Apple's iPad at work: Consumerization, security and support

      @NonZealot <br><br>Too bad you didn't follow the link, and actually read about the survey.<br><br>A: No, it's not a scientific survey.<br>B: Most of the respondents are interested in the iPad for business use.<br>C: And this is the important point you missed: Nearly 40% of respondents are not interested in the iPad for business use. That means your first sentence, and therefore the rest of your post, is nonsense. This was not a survey of people interested in the iPad. 60% of respondents were interested.
      msalzberg
    • Ya know NonZ...

      @NonZealot

      it's funny, when Antivirus companies release studies or findings about new exploits, viruses, etc., it's "pure and simple FUD"

      But when Citrix releases a self-sponsored study on how beneficial this device is for business (ahem, when they just happen to write apps for said device)...it's all of the sudden proof as to how "magical" this device is.
      SonofaSailor
    • Never knew how much NZ was into eating poo...

      @NonZealot

      TMI NonZealot... TMI... Granted, it explains the bad breath.
      i8thecat
  • It's a toy!

    There, somebody had to say it. Might as well be me, someone who actually enjoys using an iPad. I am not touching NZ's poo comment though, that's all you NZ. LOL.
    oncall
    • Shall we get the other big one out of the way too?

      @oncall

      It's just an oversized iPod Touch. That one is my favorite because it is so true. :)
      NonZealot
      • That's double dipping

        @NonZealot

        You should know better :)
        oncall
      • RE: Apple's iPad at work: Consumerization, security and support

        @NonZealot

        The iPad is not an oversized iPod touch.

        But the iPod touch is a little iPad.
        MuccaUgo
      • It's more than an &quot;... oversized iPod Touch.&quot;

        @NonZealot : So happens the iPad can do things the iPod Touch can't do. No, I'm not going to tell you, because you need to figure it out for yourself.
        Vulpinemac
      • @vulpine: iPad is just an oversized iPod Touch

        I've played with an iPad. It was neat until I tried to put it in my pocket. It didn't fit. My iPhone fits just fine. And since the iPad wasn't able to do anything my iPhone couldn't, the iPad is a useless device to anyone who already owns an iPhone or an iPod Touch.
        NonZealot
      • It's more than an &quot;... oversized iPod Touch.&quot;

        @NonZealot : Playing with an iPad is not <i>using</i> an iPad. Can you download your pictures from a camera into your iPhone?
        Vulpinemac
      • Interesting that this was the best you could come up with

        [i]Can you download your pictures from a camera into your iPhone?[/i]

        1. Yes.

        2. Why would I want to? I'd be far more likely to upload my pictures to the "cloud" and then view them from my iPhone.

        3. Why would I need to? My iPhone [b]is[/b] my camera for 99% of the pictures I end up taking.

        However, I find it fascinating that this was the best example that you could come up with. It is nothing more than an obscure edge case with tons of other ways of accomplishing the same task. You've just proven far better than I ever could have that the iPad is nothing more than an oversized iPod Touch. Thanks!
        NonZealot
      • &quot;I find it fascinating that this was the best example...&quot;

        @NonZealot :
        Did I say it was the "best" example? I said it was ONE example. I also don't believe that you can download your pictures direct from your camera into your iPhone.

        Personally, I use a regular camera for most of my photographs simply because I consider photography an art. I also take pictures of and for group events so I need to proof the images with the attendees. Sorry, but a phone screen is just too small to give them a decent view. All I need to do is plug the camera itself, or the SD card, into the iPad. The adaptor doesn't work on an iPhone.

        What you've done is proven you know nothing about the iPad.
        Vulpinemac
      • Got it

        [i]Did I say it was the "best" example?[/i]

        So you started off with a poor example to prove that the iPad was more than an oversized iPod Touch? Good job!

        [i] I also don't believe that you can download your pictures direct from your camera into your iPhone.[/i]

        You never said anything about direct.

        [i]I consider photography an art[/i]

        Good for you! Like I said, you presented us with an edge case. For the 10 people that need to "proof" pictures of group events, the iPad is obviously fantastic. For the other 99.999% of the population, the iPad is nothing more than an oversized iPod Touch. And the truth is that the extremely poor resolution of the iPad makes for a very lousy proofing platform. You would be [b]so[/b] much better off using a laptop with a high res screen. But then again, if you don't care that much about the quality of the pictures, I guess the iPad is for you!!!

        [i]All I need to do is plug the camera itself, or the SD card, into the iPad. The adaptor doesn't work on an iPhone.[/i]

        So? This does:
        www.zoommediaplus.com

        Like I said, present something better than an edge case or you've just helped prove [b]my[/b] case that the iPad is nothing more than an oversized iPod Touch.
        NonZealot
      • Picking apart your excuses

        @NonZealot :

        1. To quote: "Can you download your pictures from a camera into your iPhone?" Explain to me where I didn't at least imply a direct download to the device from the camera?
        2. <i>"... the truth is that the extremely poor resolution of the iPad makes for a very lousy proofing platform."</i> Obviously you've never looked at a RAW image that's been downloaded from a camera to the iPad. It's really a far better proofer than any laptop computer simply because the client doesn't have to bend down over a table to look at it. The resolution is also pretty much superior to most laptop screens of the same or similar size for those pictures. I'm not saying an expensive 17" screen can't be better, but the iPad is at least half the price of the average 17" laptop.
        3. <i>"So? This does: www.zoommediaplus.com"</i>
        So you want me to pay $20 more for a third party SD card only device than Apple's own SD card/USB adaptor set. You must be rich if you're willing to pay even more than Apple's supposedly "too-high" prices.

        Are you sure you want to continue this argument?
        Vulpinemac
    • You mean, &quot;Let's just ignore the facts and blather!&quot;

      @oncall Wall St. Journal, 12/9/10 page B4 headline, "IPads are latest tool in medical sales," goes on to quote Medtronic as having recently bought 4,500 iPads for its sales and marketing team and may buy as many as 6,000. Boston Scientific bought 2,000 iPads for its sales team, Zimmer Holdings more than 1,000, Abbott Labs more than 1,000--and many more companies are buying or testing iPads and apps for their specific business uses. And this is only version 1. Just imagine...
      frabjous
      • RE: Apple's iPad at work: Consumerization, security and support

        @frabjous

        Just to make sure you are clear, those are iPads for traveling salesmen selling medical equipment, not medical professionals using it for health care.
        rtk
      • I would leave any hospital that tried to use an iPad on me

        That just isn't professional.
        NonZealot