Several weeks ago I attended a presentation titled: iPad in the Enterprise presented by Jake Scherrer of Centare. Link to his presentation.
In the presentation Jake went over Apple’s mobile devices and where the future may lead too.
Apple’s 3 main mobile devices are the iPhone, iPod touch and the iPad. Currently there are many new companies that are popping up to help you create apps that work with mobile technology to help you access your data basically anywhere. There are many professions today that this will be huge help to speed up workflows and getting data to the masses quicker.
One of the first hurdles will be the enterprise concerns with security (if I lose my iPhone will the finder now have access to my email and custom built apps?). Apple seems to have this locked down pretty well with the ability to lock and format and push new updates to the iPhone remotely).
Another hurdle is, how the heck do you get Apple to okay your custom made application for your client. Apple is getting much less restrictive of this and their review process.
What is the future?
Any type of data you have access to on your PC you should be able to have access to on your mobile device.
An example they gave was an app for collecting names of interested clients at a trade show (you know, you have a booth and folks drop off their business cards in a fish bowl which is replaced with an iPad app).
Rewards for service. Remember the days when you were with an organization for 5 years you received a tie tack, and 20 years you received a watch? How about after 2 years you receive an iPad with some custom apps for your company to help you keep track of what is going on in the office from the road or at home.
Some others I’ve thought about recently are:
- 1. Realtor app so they can look things up and take notes.
- 2. Project app so you can see project details or look at shared documents (like box.net has).
- 3. Trade show booth, to show videos about your organization, or give the user hands on access.
- 4. Doctors, who can re-view images from anywhere to give input on diagnoses.
- 5. Police reports, with dictation ability.
This could be so much more than just email! Think about the data you capture and how you could use it to help your organization work more efficiently!