suggested this on March 28, 2011 12:07 PM
An article about how iPads can help productivity and working remotely.
None fo us sell IPADS!
Is Apple paying your to right this?
I wish! :-)
On the topic; do you find you have more instance of iPad and iPhones that are becoming extensions of your client's IT one way or the the other? Are they asking you about this? Or is the iPad seen as more personal and non-business connected?
We actually indirectly generated some business through this. One new client had wanted to have iphones and ipads synch to exchange and their old IT vendor told them it couldn't be done. It was of course just one other thing we could say we could do for them.
In terms of what it can do. I don't know about "killer" apps per se, but the IPAD exchange integration is pretty decent, so between the instant on, bigger screen and exchange integration its not bad for the mobile worker or those that spend a lot of their days doing meetings outside of the office and snatching email time between meetings.
We have also found that the iPad has enabled us to sell more Hosted services like Hosted Exchange & Hosted Citrix Desktops as a large number of systems integrators are not embracing these new form factors and as a result are loosing clients. From our perspective there is no money in us selling iPads or iPhones (or any other smartphone or tablet for that matter) but we are seeing an increase in sales of infrastructure services like Exchange & Citrix to enable executive users to better utilise these new devices.
I think that an article on the impact that an Iwhatever will have on the enterprise network and the things that the user should keep in mind when buying / usiong one. The I-w is a culture turning device and has forever changed the future of how we interface with ourselves and the world (hell I am reading tomorrows newspaper in bed after midnight on mine) but has a bit of learning/growing to do. In the meantime it has wrecked havok on sys-admins! My opinion only.
Derek - Absolutely! We are seeing more iPads, iPhones and MACs in businesses like never before. We also see people adopting Android phones at a furious rate.
Interesting article: PC Market Feels Decline As iPad Sales Explode
We have several clients using iPads and iPhones now. We have integrated the Apple Products into e-mail (Exchange) and we synch the iPads with some of their pictures. One client is a constructon company. When he speaks to potential clients he loads pictures of different stages of different projects he has done onto his iPad so he can show the potential clients how they tear down, remove debris, prepare the space, new the space and then the finished product.
The other client is a graphic designer. She loads differnt things she has done onto her iPad and she also shows the potential client what she has done for other clients. They give immediate feedback to her on what they like, dislike and if they want to use something similar to what she has already done they tell her what they'd like changed.
The ability to share their work to potential clients has helped them both 'close the deal' much more quickly. They no longer send files through e-mail and wait for responses. Since most potential clients can 'see' right away they committ more quickly if they want to move along.
I wish I could figure out how to do the same thing with an iPad or tablet so that I could show potential IT prospects something that will allow me to close the deal more quickly. With Office365 now being public, I think it might be a true benefit to show prospective clients how they can use a mobile device as an extension of their office.
iPad has it's place as an add-on extention to the office worker/executive for our clients definitely, but there are limitations and there is only so much you can do with it and then left hanging wondering when will this ipad do all I want it to do. I recently checked out the Asus Eee 12.1" Tablet which runs Microsoft Operating system on it as that would fill the gap. The Asus Eee 12.1" Tablet is about/somewhat double the price of iPad, the Microsoft Marketing team does not seem to be behind the Asus Eee 12.1" Tablet promoting it. I used the pen/stylus on the Asus Eee 12.1" tablet, and right next to it was the ipad, does ipad has the coolness factor or whatever, I stayed with my ipad. Quoting Mathew above in the thead I totally agree: "seeing an increase in sales of infrastructure services like Exchange & Citrix to enable executive users to better utilise these new devices."
iPads are becoming immensely popular among health care professionals and as we know health care IT is one of the fastest growing verticals. iPads have the potential to increase infrastructure demands especially in the areas of hosted applications such as CRM, EMR, and E-mail solutions. They also drive demand for more secure wireless solutions as the base model iPads run exclusively on wi-fi with no 3G support.
From an MSP standpoint using N Able's platform our end users can download an app and use the proprietary remote desktop system to access their PC's from their tablet which they greatly value.
Some areas where the MSP market is lacking is in Tablet RDP support . and security tools such as remote file deletion / formatting if the tablet is stolen. These, in my opinion, are the services that will drive the most revenue and add value to IT provider services offerings in the near future. This shift if technology will be an interesting ride & one that we will have to adapt to if we are to thrive in the future IT marketplace.
Hi Travis - thanks for the ideas
OK at last we'll give this a try!!
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