I was reading a story about iPads being used in business, and happened across this quote in the comments…
“I laugh every time I read about how companies have switched over to mostly ipads for day to day work on Apple fan sites.
They pour a bunch of money into buying dozens of iPads, forcing them into an existing network and it doesn’t work because of legacy software and hardware.”
I’d laugh too, if that’s what actually occurred.
First, the majority of companies who are experimenting with iPads have very specific problems for which the iPad might be an ideal solution.
Hospitals are using them as portable charts and teaching aids. Companies are using them for client and customer presentations. Service people are using them as portable reference libraries with all of their maintenance libraries onboard and just a click away.
The iPad and tablets in general are expanding the way computing systems are used in business, and, for the most part, are not replacing dedicated desktops and notebooks… yet.
Now, reread the original quote again, and this time pay attention to the part about “legacy software.”
With that in mind, did you happen to notice that Amazon introduced a major site redesign today, making it much, much more touch and mobile friendly?
This is, in my opinion, just one of many signs indicating a sea change, and that show way too many people have everything completely and totally backwards.
It’s not, you see, that tablets are going to replace existing methods of doing existing work on existing computers.
It’s that more and more existing methods and jobs and tools are going to be restructured and modified and rethought so they can be done on tablets and pads and other mobile devices.
This is so important that I’m going to say it again:
More and more existing methods and jobs and tools are going to be restructured and modified and rethought so they can be done on tablets and other mobile devices.
And it’s a self-reinforcing cycle. More and more sites and apps are created for tablets, which makes them even more useful, which induces more people to convert sites and build apps, which makes tablets and mobile devices even more useful, and on, and on.
Personally, I’d say it’s time to stop laughing, and to start figuring out how you’re going to adapt to the change…