When the iPad was launched at the beginning of 2010 it was hailed as the future ‘must have’ gadget for the consumer market. Whilst it has enjoyed unprecedented and unexpected success in this sector, for today’s modern executive the iPad is increasingly becoming the de facto mobile device, whether for note taking, delivering presentations, managing email, engaging in social media or just keeping on top of schedules and to-do lists.
Forrester analyst and commentator, Boris Evelson, notes in Mobile Tablet PCs, Not Phones, Will Create Critical Mass For Enterprise BI Adoption that tablet devices are driving enterprise Mobile BI adoption by addressing the inadequacies of smartphone form features – primarily the screen and keyboard.
According to Apple, more than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies are currently deploying/integrating iPads in their enterprise communications programs.
The iTunes Apps Store contains many apps that duplicate the functionality of traditional desktop applications. For example, the PC Mag Editors’ Choice award-winning iWork for iPad (a mobile version of Apple’s office suite), Citrix GoToMyPC for iPad (a mobile version of the popular remote access software), Filemaker to Go for iPad (database software), and Power.ME (which excels at task and workflow management) give business users the ability to edit documents, access a Mac or PC remotely, keep inventory and track important data. This handful of apps alone makes the iPad a much more useful business tool than was initially envisaged.
A recent addition to the enterprise is Workspace Mobile– the iPad interface for NFS’ Rendezvous Workspace scheduling software. Workspace Mobile works just like any other business app on the iPad. Once a meeting is scheduled on the device it is seamlessly updated across the enterprise using built-in Exchange integration. But Workspace Mobile is more than just a calendar; it is also empowers the user to manage the event in much the same way as if they were sitting at their desktop PC. Unlike using a traditional PC, it is now possible to schedule and confirm meetings when sitting face-to-face with clients. This enables much faster decision-making and saves significantly on administration time.
With this exciting new interface you can now book meetings, view upcoming meetings, order refreshments, make amendments to AV requirements and send out agendas and meeting requests anywhere in the world, with just a few touches of the screen.
If Workspace Mobile sounds like the tool you need to empower your executives, please contact us for a demonstration.