Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 01-08-2013

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Chromebooks
Google's Chromebooks aren't the most popular computers, but they actually made headway in the enterprise in 2012. In many cases, IT decision-makers found that Chromebooks are easy to use and maintain and, thanks to the Chrome OS, very secure.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Apple TV
Apple TV might seem like it was designed to let users listen to music and watch television shows, but it's actually a great presentation device. By connecting an iPad or iPhone to Apple TV over AirPlay, users can display their mobile screens on an HDTV for corporate presentations.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Gmail
Although Gmail started as a consumer product, it's being used quite often now as a business service. Through Google Apps for Business, companies can manage their e-mail (and calendar and collaboration) all within the familiar Gmail interface. And it works very well.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Facebook
Facebook might be a security issue in certain respects, but it's also a key marketing and recruiting tool for companies. Facebook pages allow companies to communicate with customers, and for attracting students graduating from college, there's no better place to advertise than on Facebook.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Dropbox
Dropbox is a user-friendly option for companies that want to share large files over the Web. In addition, Dropbox can be a storage site for important files. Dropbox might not be as enterprise-focused as Box, but it's adequate for smaller companies.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Android OS
Google's Android platform was viewed as unworthy for enterprise use just a year ago. The operating system is now making serious inroads into the corporate world due to BYOD, but malware issues need to be resolved.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Samsung Galaxy S III
Although it took a long time for Android devices to make their way to the enterprise, the Samsung Galaxy S III is one of the more popular corporate smartphones. The device boosts a 4.8-inch display, and its quad-core processor bests the iPhone 5's chip. Plus, it comes with a selection of encryption and security features.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

iPhone 5
The iPhone 5 has been available for only a couple of months, but is already succeeding in the enterprise. Companies like being able to develop proprietary apps through Apple's App Store, and the handset itself is far more powerful than its predecessors.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise

iPad
The iPad is widely regarded as the best consumer-focused tablet for enterprise users. And why not? The slate doubles as a computer, and at a starting price of $499, is easy on IT budgets. Plus, it's far more mobile than the typical Windows laptop.

Consumer Products Find a Home in the Enterprise