Are you using an iPad in your small business? If not, maybe it’s time to consider doing so. BusinessNewsDaily recently reported on how iPads are becoming a common tech tool for all kinds and sizes of companies. Here are some of the ways businesses large and small are using iPads:
- Replacing laptops —iPads haven’t replaced laptops yet, but for many business users, they’re more convenient than laptops in meetings or on the go.
- Replacing paper — So long, clipboard. One iPad app for construction managers, created by Vela Systems, allows users to carry an iPad instead of a tube with construction drawings. The iPad is also being used by safety inspectors inspecting buildings, doctors in the office and insurance brokers in the field.
- Accessing information — Businesspeople are using iPads to access customer records during meetings or sales calls.
- Customization — Retail employees or restaurant servers can customize orders for products or meals.
- Demonstration – Businesspeople are using iPads to show customers or prospects applications, websites, videos or presentations.
Other tools that are making the iPad useful for businesspeople:
- There are an increasing number of iPad applications for Web conferencing, including Cisco WebEx and Citrix Go To Meeting.
- There are also a growing number of productivity tools, such as Microsoft Docs To Go and Quick Office, that can give workers mobile access to the same tools they’re used to on the desktop.
- Companies are using Skype and video connectivity tools to do demos in the field.
Because it’s smaller than a laptop but bigger than a smartphone, the iPad is proving to be a great device for anyone who’s literally on the move. For example, a construction or architecture company employees could use it in the field on a site to show clients models or video of a project or even videoconference with the office.
Do you use iPads in your business or are you planning to begin doing so? What are you using them for?