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Will the iPad have a major impact on mobile business?

by Dave Hannon

August 25, 2010

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, one of the themes I took away from last week's SAP-Sybase press event was that "mobile" doesn't just mean "mobile phone." It was Sybase CEO John Chen specifically mentioned tablets and the iPad as a device that could change the way mobile business is done.

So with those thoughts in mind, I found this article in the Wall Street Journal about the iPad's use in business interesting. According to the article, Apple COO Tim Cook was surprised to report that half of the Fortune 100 were testing or deploying iPads in their enterprises. While you might be scratching your head, consider some of the job functions highlighted in the Journal piece: Car dealers, lawyers heading to trial, radiologists looking to access digital x-rays, and certainly salespeople out in the field accessing mobile CRM are a natural fit for the iPad.

It's clear that the iPad is on SAP's mind. Is it on yo urs? Take the poll below and let us know if you think the iPad will have a big impact on business and feel free to comment here with any thoughts about its impact on ERP specifically.

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Jacquelyn Howard

9/25/2013 8:46:50 PM

Hi Dave,

I know at the recent SAP conferences I've attended, at least 25% of the audience was taking notes on the iPad (including me). Rather than pulling out the cumbersome laptop for each session, I instead was able to keep in touch with activities at work, while easily switching to the Pages app to take notes on the session. When finished, I emailed out a Word doc of my notes, which was much clearer for others to read instead of wading through my admittedly poor handwriting.

I think for salespeople in particular, the iPad opens up lots of new business possibilities. I've had the chance to play with some of the SAP BusinessObjects apps and they are pretty slick.