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Enterprise Apps for Apple's iPad On the Way

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It looks like tech pros are picking up on the iPad as a use in the enterprise space.

Although some IT managers and analysts claim that Apple's iPad isn't fully "enterprise ready" at the moment, developers are already at work creating specific applications for the enterprise environment. Currently iPad users can find the standard productivity apps for spreadsheets, presentations, word-processing and more. However a handful developers are already providing free, third-party enterprise apps that link back to corporate databases offered by those same third parties.

Computerworld (via Macworld) provides an example of some of the applications, reporting that Blackbaud has created an iPad version of its customer relationship management (CRM) back-office software used by non-profit organizations. When approved, this app would give charities and other groups mobile access to precise data on donations and donors.

Another example provided was MobileIron's Sentry App for the iPad. Now available on the App Store, this free app enables workers and IT managers the ability to establish a mobile command center on the device for monitoring and reacting to smartphones--especially rogues--that are accessing enterprise email accounts.

But the real question is not if the software will be available, but will the iPad really be a big hit in the corporate environment at al? While there's some enthusiasm, many don't consider it as a must-have device--others are using the wait-and-see approach. "Other than the 'cool factor' I don’t really see many enterprises uses for the iPad yet," said one IT manager.

Larger corporations like Nike and Disney may incorporate the device early simply to promote a high-tech image. While the iPad enterprise-based app library will continue to build, the device may not see a full warm welcome until the economy improves. "We are not spending as much on things just because they’re fun or cool," a non-profit IT manager admitted.

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    gamerjames , April 7, 2010 6:59 PM
    iPad is now and always will be useless for work.

    Plus, that isn't a very economically friendly choice in the work environment.

    "Larger corporations like Nike and Disney may incorporate the device early simply to promote a high-tech image"

    What's high-tech about it? I was in the NYC Apple store on the day of the release, it wasn't anything special and it certainly wasn't magical and revolutionary, despite what the hippy-employee's shirts said.
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    branson , April 7, 2010 7:15 PM
    They would be good for a high tech ordering menu at your favorite restaurant!
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  • 14 Hide
    gamerjames , April 7, 2010 6:59 PM
    iPad is now and always will be useless for work.

    Plus, that isn't a very economically friendly choice in the work environment.

    "Larger corporations like Nike and Disney may incorporate the device early simply to promote a high-tech image"

    What's high-tech about it? I was in the NYC Apple store on the day of the release, it wasn't anything special and it certainly wasn't magical and revolutionary, despite what the hippy-employee's shirts said.
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    kelfen , April 7, 2010 7:06 PM
    it is basically a blown up version of the itouch; all they did is make it bigger
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    Be0wulf22 , April 7, 2010 7:14 PM
    That's a lot of negativity and scepticism for someone who cared enough to be in the flagship store on release day. ;) 
  • 10 Hide
    branson , April 7, 2010 7:15 PM
    They would be good for a high tech ordering menu at your favorite restaurant!
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    Be0wulf22 , April 7, 2010 7:15 PM
    Apple does not have a device called an "itouch".
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    orionantares , April 7, 2010 7:20 PM
    Be0wulf22Apple does not have a device called an "itouch".


    Consumer short-hand, itouch = iPod Touch.
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    blazesofhell , April 7, 2010 7:37 PM
    "Consumer short-hand, itouch = iPod Touch."

    Makes sense since before the iPod Touch, people were saying things like "iNano" "iClassic" "iMini"...consumer shorthand, right?

    Oh wait...
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    donovands , April 7, 2010 7:37 PM
    I dunno. The iPad will be fine for anything that doesn't require creating. So you can run presentations from it, access databases and so forth. It's not UNuseful. There are just a lot of cheaper, better solutions for enterprise out there.
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    tsnorquist , April 7, 2010 7:52 PM
    This may seem like an obvious feature, but can the iPad print directly from itself?
  • 2 Hide
    tsnorquist , April 7, 2010 7:53 PM
    I conveyed that wrong, can you print directly from the iPad to a network attached printer?
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    hallic7 , April 7, 2010 7:57 PM
    This site should be called Tom's Ipad :S or Tom's crap-pad!!
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    maydaynomore , April 7, 2010 8:06 PM
    STOP the iPad articles. Unless its real news, please stop, please, please.
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    skevil , April 7, 2010 8:09 PM
    Another over-hyped, overpriced, and un-revolutionary piece of hardware from Apple. You'd think this was the first tablet ever made.

    By hey, it's Apple, so it has to be cool and edgy and revolutionary, right?

    Let's keep giving this oversized iPod Touch more news stories.
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    cadder , April 7, 2010 8:15 PM
    The biggest roadblock to enterprise adoption of the ipad is its dependence on itunes. If you have to buy software, download software, sync software using itunes, a lot of businesses aren't going to be OK with that. Until Apple allows you to connect a USB to a computer or external drive, stick a disk in the drive and load the app, it won't fit well in big companies.

    To all the people that say there is no place for the ipad in enterprise, you just aren't thinking hard enough about how to improve your enterprise. Of course I'm thinking somewhat in terms of tablet use and not just ipad use. It may be that Win-based tablets would be more appropriate, if they ever get the UI to the point where it works as well as the ipad. The fact that tablets haven't caught on that much so far is partly due to the insufficient UI and partly because of shortsighted IT people.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2010 8:20 PM
    There are plenty of people who read the iPad articles. Please keep them coming and ignore the crybabies
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    doc70 , April 7, 2010 8:48 PM
    t-vizz the 2ndCould we please move away from the ipad for a while?

    careful, man, U might get about 30 thumbs down all of the sudden, see the other citrix article and comments!
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 8:50 PM
    gamerjamesiPad is now and always will be useless for work.Plus, that isn't a very economically friendly choice in the work environment."Larger corporations like Nike and Disney may incorporate the device early simply to promote a high-tech image"What's high-tech about it? I was in the NYC Apple store on the day of the release, it wasn't anything special and it certainly wasn't magical and revolutionary, despite what the hippy-employee's shirts said.
    Your really gonna throw that out in the open like that huh? Useless for work? lol. OK!
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 8:51 PM
    kelfenit is basically a blown up version of the itouch; all they did is make it bigger
    You hit the nail on the head. I wonder why Apple would take one of their most successful devices.. AND INCREASE THE SCREEN SIZE!!?? OMG! Why would they do that!!!??? This is mind-boggling why they would do this! /s
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    skevil , April 7, 2010 9:24 PM
    mlopinto2k1You hit the nail on the head. I wonder why Apple would take one of their most successful devices.. AND INCREASE THE SCREEN SIZE!!?? OMG! Why would they do that!!!??? This is mind-boggling why they would do this! /s


    He's just calling a spade a spade, something Apple refused to do.
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    Anonymous , April 7, 2010 9:45 PM
    Wow, you guys are a bunch of jaded idiots. I'm no Apple fanboy but the idea of a half inch thick, 1.5 lb electronic touch screen that connects you to the planetary network, plays music and video for $499 is the stuff of science fiction.

    You sound like a bunch of whiny little kids who think you're hard done by because your brother got sprinkles on his icecream and you didn't.

    Astonishing.
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