iPad’s business use soars as HP backpedals on Slate 500 fit

Apple Online StoreApple’s “iPad is being strongly embraced by businesses, particularly financial services, health care, technology, and legal providers, say three separate enterprise surveys,” Galen Gruman reports for InfoWorld.

“A big reason is the iPad’s ability to be both a general-purpose device like a computer and a highly managed special-purpose device like an appliance, notes Brian Reed, chief marketer at Boxtone, a mobile management provider that surveyed 1,200 enterprises on iPad usage,” Gruman reports. “Steve Wastie, product development VP at mobile connectivity management provider iPass, notes that iPass’s survey of 1,100 customers showed that 13 percent already have iPads in use (mainly brought in by employees) and two-thirds expect iPads and similar devices to replace (27 percent) or supplement (39 percent) the laptop as their primary computing device.”

Gruman reports, “Other vendors are just starting to get their tablets to market, though only one business-oriented tablet, the HP Slate 500, is available today. So far, that device is not getting much enterprise discussion, notes both Reed and Wastie… Although Hewlett-Packard has marketed its Slate 500 on its website as ‘the ideal PC for professionals who don’t usually work at a traditional desk, yet need to stay productive in a secure, familiar Windows environment,’ HP spokesman Roman Skuratovskiy says the Slate’s intended use is far narrower: ‘The HP Slate 500 is designed to run custom applications created by enterprise customers, unlike HP’s business laptops, desktops, etc.’ (HP declined further comment when asked to clarify that statement.)”

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  1. Running MS on a tablet is a fricking joke. Hello viruses, hello endless updates, hello unpredictable software and hello short battery life. Microsoft is the walking dead and they don’t know it…I see dead software ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Marty: The last time Tap toured America, they were booked into 10,000 seat arenas, and 15,000 seat venues, and it seems that now, on the current tour they’re being booked into 1,200 seat arenas, 1,500 seat arenas. I was just wondering, does this mean the popularity of the group is waning?

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  3. “…and I doubt that these business users are “lemmings”, “Apple fanbois”, or “tards”, “

    Channeling best Yoda imitation…, no…, but they will be…, they will be. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  4. If my company brought out the Slate, I would not want to comment either, because I would be too busy talking to my bankruptcy lawyers.

    HP can just write this off, but they can’t write off the damage.

    Why HP of all companies didn’t put a specialty team on creating the HPad back in January 2007 is beyond me. They have the funds and the people, but they’ve sat back and droned on.

    I expect more from the successors to Mr. Hewlett and Mr. Packard.

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