What Impact will the Apple iPad 3 have on Fortune 500 Desktop Computing?

This blog has not served as a discussion forum for computing platforms actually used by IT organizations within the markets where we have an interest (which are, specifically, fortune 500 businesses together with comparably sized organizations in the public sector); rather we talk about marketing and sales strategies and tactics for tech innovators with products targeted to these markets. This post is not meant to set a precedent; however, we recently learned (via Bloomberg “InsideTrack” television show aired on Wednesday, March 7, 2011 and an interview with Joseph Beery of Life Sciences Corporation) of a claim that a staggering 95% of IT organizations within Fortune 500 businesses are testing Apple’s iPad tablet for approved device status. If this claim is correct than a major shift in business computing may be at hand. Of course, any/all potential changes in market realities must be thoroughly evaluated by technology vendors as quickly as possible. Hence this post.

First, we should note that the individual who voiced the claim was none other than Erik Schatzker, the show’s moderator. Mr. Schatzker provided no references to support his claim, therefore we plan on looking further into this claim to verify its credibility. Assuming for discussion purposes that his claim is valid, then the question becomes what should technology innovators do about it as they sell into this market segment. We are not concerned here with the technical steps that ought to have been taken quite a while back to ensure that application portability to the Apple tablet computing platform ought to have been included in any product plan; rather, we are more interested in what changes widespread adoption of the iPad 3 computing platform may have on how business computing will be handled by our specified market. Our bet is that any money pot at the end of an iPad 3 rainbow for our tech innovators will be found around the new form business computing will take with greater access to lightweight portable tablets with long battery life and all sorts of network connectivity, not to mention high definition graphics.

Short term we don’t see much change in the offing for business computing paradigms. As long as mandatory daily attendance at a specified workplace remains the norm for the vast majority of businesses, then a wave of purchases of Apple tablets will simply mark a shift in the operating system of choice for desktop computing (PCs and laptops morph into Apple tablets). Once again steps ought to have been taken quite a while back, as required, to port any/all applications to this platform. If the portability question has not yet been addressed then, yes, certainly address it now. As well, plan for the fact that you are absolutely late to this game.

It’s the longer term implications that catch our eye. If tablets facilitate an explosion in remote computing, then all sorts of opportunities will be on the table for new applications that exploit a business user class empowered with computing anywhere capabilities. We maintain a high interest in this topic. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you care to further the discussion. Please call me, Ira Michael Blonder, IMB Enterprises, Inc at +1 631-673-2929 to further a discussion.

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3 replies on “What Impact will the Apple iPad 3 have on Fortune 500 Desktop Computing?”

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    This is hardly new information Michael.

    Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the figure was 92% in October 2011.



  2. Ira Michael Blonder

    Hi Simon.

    Thanks for pointing that fact out. Nevertheless, from the standpoint of enterprise network security, there are potential areas of exposure simply as the result of the fact that a physical cat 5 Ethernet hardware interface is NOT offered for the iPAD product. I make reference to Michael Horowitz’s article in ComputerWorld from 2009 with regard to security holes in WPA2: http://blogs.computerworld.com/14638/what_no_one_is_saying_about_wpa2_security. Here’s another security hole in WPA2 from 2010: http://news.techworld.com/security/3233105/wpa2-security-hole-found/. Further, few iPAD uses will have the patience to implement long passwords for their WPA2 communications: the following article from the Security at Stackexchange.com websites illustrates the importance of using long passwords with WPA2 to ensure the security of the datacommunications session: http://security.stackexchange.com/questions/2214/free-wifi-password-protection-impact-on-security/2253#2253.

    I still do not see the iPAD as ready for enterprise network prime time.

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    to your points:
    1) if this is a shift from PC to Apple architecture, then businesses have significantly increased their purchase investment per employee since tablets much be synched from desktop computers. Each employee then needs a desktop/laptop and tablet, and given the Apple bottomline exceeds the typical IT purchase for Dell/IBM desktops & laptops, that’s a significant purchase shift. I find it hard to believe that IT depts would be given a 30-40% increase per employee never mind the additional software costs. I find it hard to believe that the productivity benefits would justify this. If someone has stats on productivity increase for Apple, iPad, iPhone users over other platforms, I would love to hear it.
    2) to your 2nd point about a shift to a more mobile workforce, I do believe that is happening. However, wouldn’t that make it even more important to ensure that the security issues are locked down? I have already understood that IT departments are struggling with the impact of smart phone-based invasions–primarily iPhone and Android. This has created a new backdoor for hackers to penetrate. It seems to me that *if* companies will need to create additional security features to protect the corporate networks since smart phones are definitely not going away and in truth the cultic rise of Apple’s iPhone fanbase definitely means that users are not going to give up their iPhones just because. The workplace is going to have to find another way to secure its infrastructure.

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