Originally Posted by jragosta
None of that disproves the statement that iWorks can catch on based on the success of the iPad.
While there are exceptions, iPads are generally used for content consumption more than content creation. And iWorks will read most of those gigabytes or terabytes of files you're talking about. More importantly, the vast majority of those files are not something that would likely be accessed remotely, anyway. If you're at a level in the organization (CFO, perhaps) where you need access to all that data, you're probably not going to be using an iPad for your remote access. iPads will generally be used by sales people, service people, support people, and so on - and they need a much more limited set of those documents. Since iWorks can read Word and Excel and PowerPoint documents, that will be more than sufficient for most people.
Of course, one could argue that if you're simply using iWorks to read and write in Office format that it doesn't have a major impact on the MS Office monopoly, but that's a different argument.
I see opinion, not statement.
Of course, my "statement" is also just an opinion... based on my work experience. I do work for IT support company and we do have various tablets among our customers. First couple of tablets that were commissioned for salesforce among our customers were Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets 2, x86 tablets with Windows 8 Pro. Sure we have more iPads, but most if not all of them are among customers' executives, and are used for what I mentioned - email, calendar, communications.
This is logical to me. Most our mid to large size (relative to NZ standards) customers with sales teams use SharePoint for sales and other documentation. Sure they can copy files locally, but it is always a bonus if you can access files from your corporate network - you cannot always be prepared for anything.
Ideal remote access setup for our customers consists of multi-layered security elements. there are variations, but we try to enforce most secure one, and usually customers agree. Requirements are:
Proper firewall. We do SonicWALL firewalls, bigger customers are encouraged to invest in Aventail SRA appliances, smaller use SSL-VPN features in firewalls.
Domain logon with password requirements (number of characters, mix of lower case/upper case/numbers/special characters with periodical changes
So far, so good.
Device is part of domain. This is where problem starts for non-Windows devices. We recommend customers that, beside correct credentials, users should be able to get full access to corporate network only from devices which are joined to the domain and have required group policies enabled, as well as management agent installed (in our case, Kaseya). This is so that we can easy remote and try to solve problem, should user call us from business trip from somewhere far away with a problem.
Additional level of authentication. Until recently those were Safeword tokens. They are quite expensive and complex, thus easy to break. We had requests for cheaper, more reliable solutions, thus we looked around and decided on Yubico tokens. Those are practically indestructible, but have one "flaw"; they require full-size USB port to plug in and generate passkey. This could be possible on iPads and Androids with USB dongle... or not. Not sure if those tablets would accept token as USB keyboard, because this is how token basically behaves. But even if they do, there is a problem of joining tablets to domain.
And then, of course, level of iOS/Android Office suites compatibility. Our customers on occasion have complex Excel sheets loaded with formulas and what not. Partial compatibility is not good enough. If there is no other option, they will go for it. But given tablets that can be as portable as iPads and as compatible as Windows PCs, with all the previous security requirements (set in the days when laptop was THE portable device) applicable, it really isn't hard for them to decide.
Selling hardware is not our bread & butter, so we don't have interest (from that angle) to push any specific device. We will configure VPN to cater for different platforms and will explain our customers what are ups and downs of having multiple solutions - setup and maintenance price, complexity, security impact etc. Our experience is that customers will look at simplest solution, which is one standard and, ideally, one that they already have configured.
Granted we have more iPads (maybe even Androids) than Windows tablets among our customers at present, but then suitable Windows tablets have started appearing here in NZ only beginning of 2013.
So that is our experience, and I think logic behind it is reasonably strong. Again, I'm not saying that other solutions can not be applied, but thinking on common focus of most corporate users, they simply don't work as well, at best.
Home users, completely different story.