Small Businesses Love Apple iPad
Techaisle has reported some interesting results of a new survey that shows 2 million iPads have been bought specifically by small businesses in the United States. What does that mean about the future of small businesses and tablets in general? Read on…
Techaisle’s survey comes along with supporting quotes and an optimistic view that this adoption rate is encouraging for changing the way mobile computing is done. But there’s more to the story than change — there’s actually opportunity. The implications of this adoption rate are rightfully noted by Techaisle as potential sources of revenue and opportunity for ISVs and app makers. The secret sauce to any device is not the hardware, but what software runs on it.
What’s more, Techaisle says that small businesses enjoy using the iPad for demos, presentations, and e-mails. In addition, “data capture” for field workers and “roaming” customer service professions has been made easier with the device. Techaisle then nails another reason we’re excited about cloud.
Techaisle says “notebooks, netbooks, Tablet PCs, and smart phones will coexist in an environment where data and information is being increasingly stored and access via the cloud.” That’s brilliant, and that’s exactly where I believe the world as a whole is headed. Lastly, Techaisle makes a good distinction — one that I would want to make too — that in this survey, it was shown that the the iPad has not been bought as a replacement for any other device, but rather, as a compliment or companion.
Even though the survey tells us what we all already felt, it’s nice to actually know the sentiment is real, and even nice to see the iPad’s adoption rate as a useful tool in the small business arena.