Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
Will they really
sell like boatloads though:
Will enterprise employees be required to carry a personal
tablet and a business
No. They will only be "required" to carry their biz-device, or lose their job I would expect.
I think that battle is already being won.
Again... I agree. With the caveat: The "Consumer-Market" has been won. The bigger enterprise market is sitting on the fence. They want the iPad. But they want it at it's cheapest price -50% - ~$200-250. And, they will get just that opportunity at the latest Q3-2011. It will be a dive to the bottom with 80-100 devices on the horizon.
1) Many enterprises already allow employees to choose the smart phone they carry
2) Other enterprises support employees to BYOP -- Bring Your Own Phone.
True. But we're talking about enterprise/individual business-specific apps on the tablets. Email and calendering has been taken care of with the phones, and is integrated flexibly on all smart-phones.
Also, many enterprises already have budget, trained developers in place, systems designed and solutions being implemented for the iPad. These solutions are designed to give the enterprise a competitive or technological advantage.
Many of these implementations will be completed before most of these new tablets are available in any reasonable quantity and stage of completion.
Seriously. you are the CIO with a proven solution in hand -- the iPad, the SDK, the Developers and the infrastructure. You are 6 months down the road on your projects.
Will you stop, re-evaluate, and repurpose your effort on a whim and a promise -- whatever the price?
Those that have started and are in pre-roll-out phase will naturally not look back. They are the smart ones to be sure, because they have people in place that trust their CIO and IT staff.
1) how many IT departments are hampered by the folks over in Accounting?
2) how many IT folk despise Apple, and don't even know that there's an enterprise developer program from Apple.
NOTE: I don't know how many tech people I've had to tell of this fact, after they make the statement that, "no way in hell are we going to put our biz-app on the App-Store".
Yes... 1 word answer to both: Pathetic!
Take, the PlayBook, for example? Or any of these new tablets. When will all the necessary pieces be in place -- so that you are confident enough to bet your company's resources (and your CIO job) on them?
For the enterprise, only 1 (one) element needs to be in place: the dev platform. I do believe it's there, and if they so choose, they can even dev their completely OWN OS and UI if the want, as the carriers have shown.
The race is already being run and some horses are just approaching the starting gate.
So true. However... I... and you... have seen this race before. I do believe I remember the ending. But ya know what? Who cares? Apple's not going away. Nor their happy
Neither will my personal choice change, nor my weighted and rather influential suggestions to my business partners and clients to use Apple devices and solutions.
However I must be aware of "the walls" being thrown up to block my suggestions and good standing. I must have answers to "why" they should spend $500-600 for a tablet, rather than half. And my consulting reputation is built on pragmatism, knowledge, and honesty.
So if the scenerio is moving CRM or product tracking processes from an AS400 system; bridged with a Java kit to be "browser-friendly"; and the people holding the device in their hands are still most comfortable with the horrid database mask created in 1985, and have user deficiencies with even IE and email.... well truthfully... putting a "Porsche" in their hands is costly overkill based on that briefing.
HOWEVER, with that early prognosis, and assuming I would steer the client towards a "cheap alternative"... I have been very successful getting the people in charge to go Apple. Mainly because of ROI, quality of build, ease of use, dev accessibility... and the unquantifiable "fun factor" for the people using the device. Even "cool factor" comes into play, since I have some folks even your age, that are "cool again" to their nephews and nieces, dare I say grand kiddies. Pardon me for throwing a "sucker-punch" aimed at the ego every once in awhile to get my way
"For wete you well the tyde abydeth no man"
So. I've proved I can "spin". However I can't say that about many a consultant. And the "tyde" of number-crunchers just don't give a "fart" about fun or cool. Excel is king... and the numbers don't lie... or do they? And "Jonesing" in accountant circles re: micro-quantifiable-factoring and the coolest way to present it in a pie chart or graph... is sickening! Believe me!
How appropriate that you use a quote that sums up the average enterprise and their quest for quarterly results, all too well.
Time..albeit very short thank you... will tell. I still say the "tide" is against "us". That is if you're still with me, and haven't fallen asleep in boredom
Tablets and Tide wait for no man!
Yes... and regardless of which one is your choice, have fun with it and embrace the challenge of being in on another "revolution". Great stuff awaits, and I'm all to happy to join in.
PS. I posted here about a year back about "turning on" the secretaries at one of my clients (Ad Agency), by getting them iMacs rather than upgrade their Dells. Used the "Devil Wore Prada" even in my sales-pitch
. "The Girls" are still all gaga and tickled when I make a surprise visit, and wanna know when I'll make the pitch for "iPads 4 All". Fun-Factor = happy and motivated employees. Tough to "quantify" for the Excel-freaks, but management loves me.
Now about one of them thar "gals".... hmmm....?
- think the tan and sunglasses will work?
- too professional to ask.