Apple’s announcement this morning of the new, third-generation iPad and a lower price for the iPad 2 will add even more fuel to the fire of tablet adoption in business. From talking with CIOs at companies around the world, I’ve learned that executives are pushing their IT teams to rapidly deploy tablets. Two major trends are emerging:
Replacing paper. iPads and other tablets are beginning to significantly displace paper and other media in fields and occupations where consuming information greatly outweighs the need to create text. Universities, for example, are looking to tablets as a replacement for back-breaking loads of textbooks. Airline pilots are abandoning those big briefcases full of flight manuals. I’d expect doctors to interact more intimately with patients by using tablets to show X-rays and other test results; lawyers to consult tablets in court and real estate agents to present video open houses to their clients. The Retina display in the new iPad will further increase the range of possibilities for media consumption. Add a Logitech keyboard for rapidly taking notes and sending email and you have the perfect device to replace bulky books and manuals.
“Office in a box.” For road warriors, companies see tablets as presentation, collaboration and order-taking tools. Workers who spend a lot of time on the go may soon leave their laptops behind and even give up their desk phones, using their tablets for voice and video communication. All that’s required to make this happen is an external keyboard for productivity and a Bluetooth speakerphone for higher audio quality. Services such as LifeSize ClearSea, from the LifeSize division of Logitech, support this trend by integrating iPads into videoconferences that can include large meeting rooms and PC desktops.
The lower price for the iPad 2 is also significant. The iPad 2 is still a great product, with more than enough horsepower and features to meet the needs of many business users – now at a price that IT managers can love.
Logitech is committed to helping our customers – both businesses and consumers – maximize the return on their investment in tablets. We applaud Apple for taking tablets to the next level. To learn more about Logitech tablet products for business users, please visit www.logitech.com/business.