“While the grape fields of Northern California may be the last place you would expect to see one of tech’s hottest-selling gadgets, that’s not the case at Jordan Winery, where the company recently gave iPads to all 97 employees,” Olivia Oran reports for TheStreet.
“While the iPad’s slick interface for watching videos, playing games and reading e-books makes it ideal for consumers, the device is increasingly being adopted by large corporations like JPMorgan and SA — as well as by small businesses,” Oran reports. “The enterprise trend even caught Apple CEO Steve Jobs by surprise, who said during a recent earnings call that the company hadn’t pushed the iPad into the corporate market, but ‘it’s being grabbed out of our hands.'”
Oran reports, “Almost half of the most popular paid iPad-only apps are business programs. And according to a recent survey of Citrix Systems customers, 62% said they plan to buy an iPad for work.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Our iCal is doing jumping jacks in our dock and sounding an alarm:
Attention Apple fan-boys and -girls: Read no further. But if you run a small business and want to avoid wasting money and brain cells on superfluous technology, forget about the iSlate or whatever Apple is going to call its tablet computing device. It’s going to be too expensive, it does things you don’t need to do, and it will add a messy layer of complication to your company’s computing infrastructure… A real laptop or netbook does real work that helps a business succeed… The iSlate fails that crucial test. Ignore the frenzy, save your money. – Bill Snyder, PC World, January 20, 2010