Confirmed: Corporate Workers Want Apple’s iPad
Playtime is over. A new survey from Sybase — the mobile database company — reveals users see big business opportunities for tablet computers such as Apple’s iPad. Here are the details, which may help VARs to understand how customers plan to use the iPad.
The Sybase survey explored whether tablets would be used for work, play, games or other things. AppleInsider provided a breakdown and deep details, but I’ll just give it to you real simple right here:
As you can plainly see, 52.3% of people actually want to do work on iPads and other tablets. Moreover, three-quarters of respondents claim that they’re going to be more productive on the device. I’d say they’re right. The iPad doesn’t ‘multi-task’ like traditional computers but instead, focuses on one thing at a time. It may help people do the same.
According to Sybase:
“The study shows that consumers are looking for devices they can use both at home and work, with implications for the business being asked to support them,” Sybase wrote in its analysis. “Further, findings show that while device functionality is important to satisfying people’s desire for a personal and work-ready mobile experience that the experience is incomplete without greater access to data.”
Sybase also dug up some other interesting details: Mobile users believe they typically had access to less than 10 percent of both their personal and work data, as well as applications. Devices like the iPad were seen as solutions to those limitations, where more than 10% of data could be accessible anywhere , but also manipulated for doing work.
Of course, you already know that the iWork suite is available for the iPad, and there will be a keyboard dock for the iPad too. All the files are able to be saved on the iPad for ease of use, and accessible via Apple’s cloud with Mobile.Me and iWork.com. What’s more, the version of Pages for the iPad is compatible with Microsoft Word documents, both saving and reading them.