Apple’s revolutionary iPad presents quandary for resistant corporate IT doofuses

“Apple said in October that 93 percent of Fortune 500 companies have deployed or are testing iPads, an incredible feat considering that big businesses generally take forever to incorporate new technology into their workflows,” Sean Ludwig reports for VentureBeat.

“In most situations, the IT departments and managers are the ones calling the shots. They think they know what’s best when it comes to incorporating tech and they want control over how that tech works,” Ludwig reports. “But the iPad is different for some reason. Many organizations are seeing employees rebel and bring iPads into the fold without IT approval. It’s often a situation of ‘it’s easier to ask forgiveness than to ask permission.'”

Ludwig reports, “I sought out an IT expert to walk me through the challenges that IT departments and executives face regarding the iPad. Aaron Freimark, IT director at Tekserve, agreed to help me out… The biggest issue for IT managers when it comes to deploying the iPad, according to Freimark, is ceding control… OK, so the iPad is frustrating for the IT department and they have to give up the level of control they normally have. It is worth the caveats? It’s a resounding yes, says Freimark, who uses an iPad to help run intensive parts of his own company. He says the simplified applications and touch display make work fun while also maintaining strong productivity.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Get ready IT doofus, whether you like it or not, your little insular world is about to be turned right-side-up from the outside in.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dale E.” for the heads up.]

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IT doofus offers ‘10 reasons to nix Apple’s iPad in your IT strategy’ – March 17, 2010

27 Comments

  1. It has been way too long on this one. IT has always fought tooth and nail to dictate the hardware and software even in the face of evidence it will/was the wrong choice.

    Big IT, like the radio show “War of the Worlds”, meet Germ the wrecker of planetary conquest. Let the slaughter begin!

    1. You think it’s been bad since Widnows took over? I can recall when the only computers in a business were hidden in back rooms and the “IT” guys wore white lab coats. The rest of us used our Remington and Underwood word processors, and Burroughs and Marchant spreadsheets. Ah, the truly good old days!

      1. And then employees started sneaking their Apple ][s with VisiCalc in the back door, and nothing has been the same since.

        Central IT periodically gets the upper hand, only to be upset by the employees who do the actual work. Departmental minicomputers upset the mainframe, early microcomputers upset the central mini computers, and now iPads are upsetting the Windows microcomputers.

        The revolution continues!

      2. That’s not old. What’s old is when the HP 65 with the security cradle in the locked room was the only alternative to submitting a deck of punch cards in a basement to a snotty grad student, and returning hours later to retrieve a fanfold printout, 100 pages of which were blank because FORTRAN or RPG2 sucked dog balls.

  2. I remember how outraged IT guys were (and they were almost all guys) over the GUI. Everyone had to go through these priests of technology to use computers. If IT had their way, we would still be typing endless green command lines on black backgrounds.

  3. Corporate IT jackasses that are unable to move on from the strictly Windows era. What does a pilot program hurt to find out if employees can actually get beneficial results from the iPad? At least use them for sales and inventory. Those IT people are slowing down their corporation from being competitive to others that are not as resistant to change. The top executives should come down heavily on those IT slowpokes who are probably waiting around for the first Windows 8 tablets in mid-to-late 2012. Other corporations using iPads already have the jump on them.

    Apple already makes tools for remote management and distribution of corporate apps for mobile devices and there are third-party companies that have set up ways to manage and secure iPhones, iPads and Touches for corporate use. I suppose if a person’s mind is set, there’s just no changing it unless forced from someone higher up in the command chain.

  4. I was the only Mac person in the city government. I brought my own to work and e-mailed my files to my dog slow Windows computer. One IT guy would just make fun of me, but my co-workers were always amazed at what that G4 iBook could do.

  5. This article, and the attitudes reflected in the comments above, are several years out of date. IT departments are far more flexible and responsive to the needs of their users than a decade ago. Even in the hardest “Windows-only” shops non-Microsoft apps proliferate.

  6. Yea but some things still need to change. You shouldn’t need iTunes to use the device. Apple needs to open iOS a little more and allow the user to mount the device as a drive so you can manually control pictures, music, etc.

    1. I was also IT, but I started out supporting UNIX systems. That automatically put me into a different mindset. At one point I had a PC configured to dual-boot between Windows and Solaris. I “lived” on the Solaris side, and only booted to Windows when I had to. I also supported some of the few Macs in our very large government organization. Even managed to swing the purchase of an Xserve and Xraid before Procurement froze all purchases of Macs.

    2. I too am in corporate IT. Generalizing IT as you have reveals a lot MDN. I support Macs and iOS devices and embrace both of them.

      How about “All tech blog writers are just real journalist wannabes?”

      That is no less fair (and no more accurate) than calling all corporate IT personnel doofuses.

      1. They didn’t call “all corporate IT personnel doofuses”. The words are, “Get ready IT doofus”. I.e. singular. Which, grammatically and logically, means, “Hey YOU person who is an IT dooofus”. This, in no way, demeans those IT personnel who are not doofuses. Further – the post by MDN speaks, right there, of an IT guy who is not a doofus. Obviously they know very well that some are not.

        Might as well be accurate (ahem) if you’re going to criticize someone.

  7. I think it is similar to what happened with other revolutionary products.

    The most famous resistance was by the Luddites who wanted to continue making their cloth on their home hand looms. Luddites were the master of the entire cloth industry. Big mucky mucks of their time and everyone bought from them.

    Suddenly water wheels and steam powered these damn new fangled automatic looms (and thread making machines which are mostly ignored, but just as important).

    Later some people initially said “I don’t trust them damn horseless carriages.” “You have to learn how to fix them, their tires go flat, only a few people have fuel and parts aren’t readily available.” But then merchants and farmers started moving materials 20-50 miles routinely to get new customers and better markets. Resistance was quickly futile, because true revolutions “upset the Apple cart”, if I can make a relevant phrase comparison.

    Many of us on MDN saw the initial Jobs unveiling of the iPhone in Jan. 2007 and we instantly knew the era of touch computing arrived. We got it, we bought it and are literally almost 4 years into using it.

    4 years and only 93% of F500 companies means that there was a lot of deadwood resisting touch computing before we got to 93%. What is more, how in Job’s name can any F500 company not officially look at how to implement touch computing if for no other reason than to offer customers information??

    7% of the F500 are Luddites.

  8. Woah, I actually came to this page via Google thinking there would be some good information. The tone of the articles and comments are anything but informative or professional. I like apple products but their users on this site are intolerable.

    1. I am too am a windows PC person and I demand all the apple luddites here show us more respect. Please, only informative and professional comments from now on. Enough with your damned belegured bloodbaths and SIDAGTMBTTS. It’s insulting to our intelligence.

      1. “Apple Luddites” is an oxymoron, but I will accept your note as humor.

        What you will find here is that many MDNers run both Windows & MacOSX so we are not above using what works for a particular job. We most certainly are not Luddites (see my previous note specifically citing Luddites for proof).

        I have Win 7 native on a MBPro and MacMini and WinXP in Parallels 7 on a couple machines. It is essential in business to use what your customers and suppliers use when a proprietary solution is needed and we do that.

        All I want to do is creative work as fast as I can to get the products out the door. I couldn’t care less about the tools I use, but they must work well, easily and not require endless maintenance. Windows & Mac do this.

    2. Dear John, it appears you have come to the wrong place. Intolerable is our way of life. If this upsets you, then you definitely don’t want to be here when the shit hits the fan. The things said here by the Mac faithful and the slimey trolls who plague us would make your blood curdle. You need to find a kinder, gentler site. Good luck with that.

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