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In Enterprise, Apple iPad vs RIM PlayBook

By CIOinsight  |  Posted 01-12-2011 Print
Forrester Research has some advice for businesses mulling whether or not to support Apple iPad, RIM's PlayBook, HP's Slate, Cisco's Cius or Android tablets such as the Motorola Xoom.

Following the tablet frenzy of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, it's fair to ponder the question of how tablets from RIM, HP, Cisco, as well as the slew of Android tablets, will fair among corporate employees.

For example, while the RIM PlayBook may boast enhanced security, the Cisco Cius superior unified communications integration and the HP Slate full Microsoft Office support, these gadgets will find it tough to penetrate enterprise accounts, according to Forrester Research analyst Ted Schadler.

Noting that the PlayBook, Cius and Slate will be sold primarily to companies, Schadler explained in a Jan. 5 blog post:

"In a world of smartphone and tablet consumerization where employees bring personal devices to work, the leading ABi (anything but iPad) business tablets are being sold through the enterprise door. This will slow down adoption as IT buyers find the budget and evaluate the alternatives. In contrast, iPad is available to consumers as well as directly to businesses."

For more, read the eWeek article: Apple iPad Enterprise Future Looks Bright Vs. PlayBook.


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