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The iPad is an Enterprise Tool You Need. Unless It Isn't.

If Apple's new iPad is going to make its way into large business settings, IT managers will first need to do some careful evaluations, because even tech analysts are split on the idea.

Ted Schadler, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., has blogged that the iPad will most likely enter the enterprise through the consumer door -- just as the iPhone did.

"Make no mistake, this is an attractive business tool," Schadler wrote. "Laptops will be left at home."

But Phillip Redman at Gartner Inc., and Steve Hilton at Analysys Mason, disagree. In separate e-mail comments, both said that the iPad doesn't fit into the enterprise at all.

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If Apple's new iPad is going to make its way into large business settings, IT managers will first need to do some careful evaluations, because even tech analysts are split on the idea.

Ted Schadler, an analyst at Forrester Research Inc., has blogged that the iPad will most likely enter the enterprise through the consumer door -- just as the iPhone did.

"Make no mistake, this is an attractive business tool," Schadler wrote. "Laptops will be left at home."

But Phillip Redman at Gartner Inc., and Steve Hilton at Analysys Mason, disagree. In separate e-mail comments, both said that the iPad doesn't fit into the enterprise at all.

Read Full Article