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Enterprise IT, users like what they see in new iPad

John Cox | March 8, 2012
The new third-generation Apple iPad is generally a hit with a sampling of enterprise users, based on quick reactions from half a dozen IT professionals and consultants.

"The combination of the retina display, the [new A5X] chip and 4G/LTE is going to make the iPad an even more productive business device," says Hugh Owens, director of mobile at MicroStrategy, a business intelligence and analytics software vendor with an extensive iPad 2 deployment, and with iPad customers. "4G will enable users of MicroStrategy Mobile [the company’s iOS application] to pull down analytics even faster, and our native app is already positioned to take advantage of the A5X chip for faster and more compelling rendering."

"The iPad continues to be a great business device in consumer clothing," he adds.

"Overall, the new iPad is a significant upgrade. Apple is going to sell a boatload of these," says Derick Okihara, IT technician at Mid-Pacific Institute inHonolulu, where he oversees the iPad and iPhone deployments. "In our environment, having a solid camera capable of 1080p video, faster graphics for apps, and the high resolution display, make the iPad that much more useful, especially for students."

Levy sees camera applications that go beyond snapshots and home videos. "The camera improvements will be very useful, especially in custom apps for data entry, bar code reading, situation reports and documentation," he says. "Couple that camera with a decent custom app and many [enterprise] workflows can be changed for the better."

The new iPad is now more clearly, and effectively, a platform for creating new kinds of apps, and content, exploiting images, video, high-definition audio, in new ways, according to Randy Saeks, network manager, Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, Northbrook, Illinois, another iPad site.

"What I see in the announcement today is really showing that an iPad isn't just a consumption device but has the ability to create really rich, engaging content," he says.  "With a lot of the [new] app updates and announcements --  iMovie, iPhoto, the iWork suite, as well as what is added to the hardware with a great display and improved camera --  it opens the door for how they can be used in classrooms and creative environments."

"Especially with looking at [the question of] what kinds of devices to put in the hands of our students, the value for what you can do with the new iPad and [its] associated cost is much more attractive than it was with the first iPad announcement," Saeks says.

Most of these users agreed they see no IT-specific implications in the new iPad, at least yet. "I'm not seeing any challenges to support the new devices," Saeks says.

"I’ll have to take a deeper dive into iOS 5.1," says James Gordon, vice president of IT at Needham Bank, a small community bank in Massachusetts that has deployed iOS devices among a majority of its staff and the board of directors.


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