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      Apple iPad Challenges Corporate Australia

      Nov 17, 2010
      According to Australian IT, technology professionals are facing challenges courtesy of Apple’s iPad. “The problem is that the iPad was developed as a consumer gadget and not for corporate networks and their rigorous security and application protocols,” according to Stuart Kennedy in the Australian IT. “Nonetheless, when the boss lugs in an iPad and asks for a log-on to the corporate intranet, it’s hard to say no.”

      According to Australian IT, technology professionals are facing challenges courtesy of Apple’s iPad.

      “The problem is that the iPad was developed as a consumer gadget and not for corporate networks and their rigorous security and application protocols,” according to Stuart Kennedy in the Australian IT. “Nonetheless, when the boss lugs in an iPad and asks for a log-on to the corporate intranet, it’s hard to say no.”

      “This is the first time a device has come in at the top of the food chain and been pushed down,” said Robin Simpson, Gartner analyst, in the Australian IT.

      “What’s happening with the iPad is senior executives are buying the things themselves and saying do it,” said Simpson. “For the first time senior executives have finally found a computer they can use – the user interface is obvious – you turn it on and it works.”

      However, there are problems with the iPad in corporate Australia. For example, Gartner’s Nick Jones noted in the Australian IT that he believes enthusiasm with iPad deployments tends to run ahead of corporate security requirements.

      “The pressures to allow choice is so great people are getting ahead of themselves,” said Jones. “We are going to see some interesting and alarming data losses with these devices which will push people to manage them better.”

      http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/ipad-a-hit-with-corporate-australia/story-e6frgakx-1225954540876

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