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IPad Bringing Business Value to Government




November 16, 2010 By

Show up at a conference or event where government CIOs tend to congregate, and you’ll quickly notice more and more of them are carrying sleeve-like carrying cases under their arms. It’s the mark of an iPad adopter.

Their enthusiasm for Apple’s hottest device is hard to miss. Surely one reason they like the tablet is because it’s an easy-to-use platform for gadget apps. But more than that, the CIOs say that the iPad is making them more productive and efficient, and also has potential to change how technology is delivered to government employees and the citizens they serve.

One member of the iPad-carrying class is Doug Holt, deputy executive director of the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR). He’s one of a small number of employees in the agency who are piloting the iPad. They’re working together to figure out how the device can best be used.

What stands out first are the productivity gains, Holt said. He can quickly retrieve e-mail and his calendar on-the-go, and it integrates well with Microsoft products, he said. In addition, he has a couple of Web browsers installed, so he can quickly browse the websites he uses for everyday work functions. One of them is the DIR’s main website. “I also use a lot of Salesforce.com to manage a lot of different parts of our business. I don’t use the app as much because of the configuration it takes, so I just go to the website.”

Holt said he also uses a couple note-taking applications. One of them, WritePad, uses handwriting recognition to type out in real time what he writes by hand on the bottom of the tablet. “This is a really high-value item for me,” Holt said.
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Comments

Tom and Carmen    |    Commented November 17, 2010

FYI... interesting article on IPAD growing popularity in government.

Michael Armstrong    |    Commented November 22, 2010

Corpus Christi will use iPads to collect data during delivery of 85,000 recycling carts in January. Great ease of use, good form factor,low cost compared to other solutions.

Ben Greiner    |    Commented December 14, 2010

We provide Mac and iOS Supplemental Services to help in-house Microsoft IT shops quickly and easily rollout and support Apple products. http://forgetcomputers.com/ios

Anna Harris    |    Commented March 14, 2013

Really, iPad gives lots of value to government including all the sectors. I like your way for explaining benefits of iPad.


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