Apple iPad: Is it a business tool?

With the right applications, any IT worker can benefit

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This is an exceptionally small sampling of what is available. Granted, out of 150,000 plus apps available, there are far too many that make fart noises, or display a flickering lighter, or some other moronic thing. However, despite the repeated mantra that the iPhone and iPad are not for business, there is also a diverse and growing selection of apps designed specifically to change that perception.

Aside from standalone apps, there are also much more comprehensive solutions that can deliver a more complete business environment to the iPad. Accessing Google Apps from the iPad via the web, and the new Google Apps Marketplace, offers business professionals cloud-based access to a plethora of valuable business and communications tools.

Organizations can use Array Networks Desktop Direct, along with the Desktop Direct client app, to establish a remote desktop connection from the iPad, directly to the user's desktop. Desktop Direct provides a direct portal to the desktop, so the user can access all data and run all applications on the desktop directly from the iPad.

Devices like the upcoming HP Slate, built on the Windows 7 operating system, seem like a more logical fit for business use. However, the world has changed and the line is blurred between consumer and business devices. The bottom line is that people will buy an iPad as a consumer, but will naturally want to figure out how to integrate it as a business professional.

Fortunately for them, the tools are out there to make that work. To each their own.

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