With the iPads’ clear dominance in the tablet market and iOS the definite winner in the mobile race, it is rather funny to still hear and see people claiming that they are not business ready. Dell Australia managing director Joe Kremer, being one of the latest. His latest blurb being completely out of left field.
“People might be attracted to some of these shiny devices but technology departments can’t afford to support them.
If you are giving a presentation and something fails on the software side it might take four days to get it up and running again. I don’t think this race has been run yet.”
It looks like the other tablet makers are putting all of their eggs in the Windows 8 basket. Ouch. Having been in the market for some time AND serving a rather finicky set of eaters (users). I can tell you right now that the complexity that is Windows 8, I know it looks easier and prettier, will turn off MANY users. But wait, it will have a USB port to attach your thumb drive. Rally people, do you not get the cloud? The 3rd graders and grand parents creating Flickr albums do! I don’t need sensitive business documents on me when I travel and present, I need them everywhere, secure and easily accessible.
Business users are like the rest of us. They don’t need to think about how their equipment runs, they just need it to run. In all seriousness, Apple won that battle with Pages, Keynote and Numbers for iOS and although the Google/Apple relationship may be running its course, they are both gonna stay friends. Friends with benefits! My prediction, Google apps will control the majority of the “working” cloud (email, docs, storage, calendar, etc.) in less than 18 months. iOS 6 won’t have it, but remember I said this, the next iteration of iOS after 6 will not only be social savvy, but Google Apps savvy.
So there it is. I could go into much more detail about who, what, when and why, but Mashable and The Next Web get away with 2 and 1/2 paragraphs so why can’t I?