Will the iPad ever become a true corporate device?

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One of the main devices driving us into the BYOD era has been the iPad. Many people believe it's destined to populate corporate offices. However, Matthew Oakeley, the head of IT at the management firm Schroders, believes it won't due to its integration issues with Microsoft and the Surface Pro will become the BYOD king. Do you think the iPad will ever become a true corporate device? Will the Surface overtake it?
ASKED: April 3, 2013  5:53 PM
UPDATED: April 15, 2013  4:01 PM

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  • Denny Cherry
    As long as there's no way to centrally manage the iPad from a corporate perspective then it won't become a truly corporate device.
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  • Kevin Beaver
    The iPad is *already* a "true corporate device"...whatever that means (it's in the eyes of the beholder). I see them everywhere - in every organization I visit. Whether or not they're ready for prime time doesn't matter. Execs, sales professionals, marketing reps, and practically everyone else uses them and that's what makes them relevant. There are plenty of ways for centrally managing such devices. The real question is: When are IT professionals (CIOs included as I outlined here: http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/tip/What-to-do-when-the-CIO-gets-in-the-way-of-enterprise-IT-security!) going to step up to the plate and roll out true MDM and BYOD management/security technologies to keep mobile devices in check? It's time to stop ignoring the elephant in the room and do what we know needs to be done as I talked about here: http://searchwinit.techtarget.com/tip/Top-10-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-ignore-mobile-device-security.
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  • LinuxCiscoman
    I read this and also had to comment. I'm also in a large corporate environment with over 30k employees worldwide. Many of my collegues and I have attempted to utilized iPads in our daily work but asside from email capabilities, which my iphone can already do just fine, we dried up after a couple days. No legitimate VPN access, no sharepoint access, no native document handling (worth mentioning). If i'm going to use a tab in the office to manage servers etc...it better have a full size screen, keyboard, trackpad, speakers, usb inputs etc...lol I am a diehard Apple fan, don't get me wrong...but BYOD was a fad just like mullets, and we all lived through that :) Cheers, Guru
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  • davidcarr
    Surface will not overtake it until maybe the price point comes down. Companies cannot spend that much money on a mobile workforce per device and allowing tablet BYOD could a real nightmare to support effectively.
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