Menu
SpaceX and Boeing build manned NASA Spaceships

SpaceX and Boeing build manned NASA Spaceships

iOS 8 Download Release is Expected at 10 am PDT

iOS 8 Download Release is Expected at 10 am PDT

Matt Damon is Jason Bourne Again

Matt Damon is Jason Bourne Again

Galaxy Note 4 Screen is the World's Best

Galaxy Note 4 Screen is the World's Best

iPhone 6 Reviews are Glowing

iPhone 6 Reviews are Glowing

Apple iPad Rules the Enterprise

Apr 24 2014, 1:10am CDT | by , in News | Apple

Apple iPad Rules the Enterprise
 
 

YouTube Videos Comments

Full Story

Apple iPad Rules the Enterprise

Apple's iPad is a fixture in the enterprise market, the company is proud to say.

During the investor call for its second quarterly earnings Apple CEO Tim Cook noted–as he has in previous earnings calls–that 98% of the Fortune 500 are using the iPad.

In this latest call, he pointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which is in the process of deploying the iPads to hundreds of medical service providers.

It is understandable why Cook underscored this particular project—it was a coup for Apple. More significantly, if it goes well, it could introduce the enterprise tablet’s next business model iteration—complex, multi-user vertical scenarios.

Forrester described this concept last year in a blog post, singling out healthcare as an example. Tablets’ hyper-portability means doctors and nurses can use them for “patient-facing scenarios like showing x-ray results” as well as for “treatment-related scenarios” such as inputting and tracking symptoms and vitals.

Collaboration technologies—multi-user tablet-style devices—will also be part of the mix, along with multiple users employing multiple tablets, linked by collaboration apps.

VA Studies the Results

A  successful Veterans Affairs Department pilot,  then, could go far in entrenching Apple all the more deeper in the enterprise market, especially as competing tablets aimed at this constituency continue to come to market.

So far signs point to, if not a wild success, then certainly a solid one. The Federal Times recently reported VA was in the process of getting ready to study the results of the pilot project by comparing the number of patient hospitalizations before and after caregivers received the iPads.

However the department, it seems, is already guessing that the iPads have delivered on their initial promise. The Federal Times also reported that VA has identified three applications that will be released to the public in two to three months, apps that are currently only available to pilot users on their iPads.

With such a positive narrative behind it, it would seem, then, that Apple would continue to press its case with the enterprise with new productivity features and possibly, a modified form factor for the tablet.

Love the Mobility, Hate the Lack of a Keyboard

Enterprises apparently love the “hyper mobility” of the tablet but there is a rising discontent with the lack of a keyboard, a Gartner study suggests.

It teased out a trend from its overraching finding for 2013–which is that tablets rocked mobile computing–that the hybrid form factor was also quite popular even though product availability was still limited. In fact, Gartner said the hybrid form factor was the fastest growing category in 2013, attracting users because of the productivity applications the keyboard made possible. ASUS topped the hybrid ultramobile segment in 2013, Gartner said, due to stronger sales of its Transformer Book T100.

Might then Apple be considering something similar to keep its grip on the enterprise market?

Not according to Business Insider, which has been diligently tracking rumors that Apple is at work, or plans to develop, a MacBook/iPad hybrid that Business Insider is calling the “iPad Pro”.

A Business Insider interview with Apple senior vice president Craig Federigh led the publication to conclude “that the company plans to keep its Mac and iPad lines completely separate to best take advantage of their comparative advantages.”

 

You Might Also Like

Updates


Sponsored Update


Advertisement


More From the Web

Shopping Deals

 
 
 

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/31" rel="author">Forbes</a>
Forbes is among the most trusted resources for the world's business and investment leaders, providing them the uncompromising commentary, concise analysis, relevant tools and real-time reporting they need to succeed at work, profit from investing and have fun with the rewards of winning.

 

 

Comments

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

2014 Top 10 Party Schools according to Playboy Magazine
2014 Top 10 Party Schools according to Playboy Magazine
Playboy Magazine has released this week again their ranking of the Top 10 Party Schools in the United States. Maybe its time to switch schools.
 
 
iOS 8 Download is Released but Servers are Overloaded
iOS 8 Download is Released but Servers are Overloaded
Apple is released iOS 8 as expected at around 10am PDT.
 
 
Best Dressed Celebrities of 2014 Ranked
Best Dressed Celebrities of 2014 Ranked
There were quite a few famous names among the best dressed celebrities ranked in People Magazine's annual list.
 
 
New Custom PS4 Air Jordans Feature A Built-In HDMI Port
New Custom PS4 Air Jordans Feature A Built-In HDMI Port
The HDMI port, although capable of connecting an HDMI cable, doesn’t stand for anything other than ‘cool’ factor
 
 
 

About the Geek Mind

The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.

The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.

Read more about The Geek Mind.