iPad set to have an impact on the business market


iPad set to have an impact on the business market

Simon Quicke

The potential impact of the iPad and other tablet devices in the enterprise could be significant as employees start to introduce the technology into the workplace.

The iPad arrived in the UK last week and queues outside Apple stores greeted the arrival of the product that is being seen as the potential saviour of the newspaper and publishing industry as well as providing the iPhone app store experience to a business audience.

Apple is not alone in entering the tablet market and most of the other large hardware vendors are also lining up product launches making it possible to dub this as "the year of the tablet".

Speaking to MicroScope, Richard Holway, chairman of TechMarketView, said that there had been a consumerisation of IT and the iPad would be a major role in continuing that process.

"Technology has to fit around the consumer and then back to the company rather than the other way round," he said.

He warned that those companies that ignored the technology could be left behind as competitors embraced different ways of working.

Apple has claimed it has sold two million iPads since it was first released 60 days ago.

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