Gartner says the iPad’s form factor should be very attractive to financial advisors, in particular.
Everyone wants an iPad. We get it. The sleek device appeals to anyone who abhors netbooks and longs to integrate the best of personal technology into their work . But as with its predecessor in coolness, the iPhone, IT management may have some reservations about supporting the iPad. Concerns over security and compatibility abound, and a lot of IT pros still think everyone should be more than happy with those BlackBerrys they’ve spent so much time and money on. Some companies, and industries, will be early adopters. Enterprise mobility company Good Technology recently surveyed its customer base of more than 4,000 companies, which are managing iPad deployments ranging from one device to more than 1,000 machines. The responses show which industries see immediate value in the iPad—and which ones are crawling behind. Not surprisingly, the cash-happy financial services industry (yes, they’re rich, even after the Wall Street meltdown) leads the charge, with another likely suspect, the technology sector, a far-back second.
Brian joined Baseline in March 2006. In addition to previous stints at Inter@ctive Week and The Net Economy, he's written for The News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla., as well as The Sunday Tribune in Dublin, Ireland. Brian has a B.A. from Bucknell University and a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.
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