(5-May-10) Early in the iPad era -- a few weeks ago -- a debate raged in the tech blogosphere about whether Apple’s new tablet computer could be used as a mobile tool for business. That debate has pretty much died down, and the reason is simple.
Whatever the iPad’s technical merits or shortcomings – and it has both – and not withstanding that Apple designed it primarily as a consumer product, it’s clear people will use it for business. Even if it’s only employees using their personal iPads for work-related activities.
But is there a case for small businesses actually buying iPads for their employees? We think there is. So does Mark Tauschek, director of IT research at Info-Tech Research Group, a research and consulting firm that serves small-medium enterprises.