So, the iPad. What makes it good for business? Well let’s start with some basic facts:
- It is mine (and it knows it)
- It is small and convenient – always to hand
- It is a mobile connected device
- It is reasonably secure
- It is easy to use
This fosters an ecosystem and you get:
- Lots of cheap applications
- A shared graphical interface that lets you use obvious metaphors to make changes
- A change in your expectations of what’s possible
- Something that needs little or no technical support, almost irrespective of the complexity of applications
- A truly low total cost of ownership
It makes your information world easy to access anywhere with limited compromise, and can actually provide an improved experience. It infiltrates your way of working, and even how you live. It is rapidly becoming a commodity like the telephone. The momentum is there, and very soon it will be the expectation of normal life. Couple it with secure access to all your information resources and you have a really powerful tool for living well.
I want to get my data where I am. I want to be able to see what needs to be done and take the actions I need to, to get things sorted out. While the smart phone allows me to do some of this, the iPad is a lot better. The only real compromise being that it does not fit in my pocket. Against my laptop, the convenience improvement is surprisingly substantial.
The Interface is better at many things too. Gestures on the screen are often a lot better than conventional interfaces. I think applications will move forwards to make use of this as a primary interface, making the laptop feel more of the poor cousin. You will be able to construct solutions using this richness. It makes the process simple and accessible without the need to learn a lot about technology or a particular vendor solution. In this context it means business users, not technologists are the primary consumers.
The Cloud gives you secure access to critical business data and your iPad gives you identity and a rich visualisation and service aggregation, with almost zero system administration or support required. That sounds like a much better place.
Cloud + tablet => freedom from the tyranny of technology!