Originally Posted by sog35 How would like to lug your desktop with you on the road?
Of course I use a MBP which is necessary for me to run full desktop class applications.
Sure, many people can get by with just an iPad when traveling but how many corporate cubicle workers travel? Seriously I don't know the answer to that but there is absolutely no reason to use an iPad when a full desktop is available and will do a much better job and is more ergonomic to use. People around here seem to think that every employee of every Fortune 500 company including the janitors will be using an iPad now that IBM is selling them. iPhones are great and everyone should have one, and almost everyone already does, but they are crap to actually do any productivity tasks on. iPads are a little better for work but why would you use one if you are in the office? Makes no sense to me.
You need to look at the type of business tools IBM is offering and then ask yourself if that is something that would be easy to do on a mobile device. Corporate use of mobile devices is mostly about calendar, phone, email, messaging and a little browsing. No one is going to be running security analysis, financial planning, manufacturing supply chain, data warehousing, or any complex tasks like the ones offered by IBM Cloud Marketplace. The whole idea is preposterous.
Apple selling more iPads is great, but just like with the Beats deal, I think Apple gave up too much and in this case the crown jewels because in order for IBM to do what is stated in the agreement they will have all the source code and have complete access to the inner working of Apple.