Naked CIO: Apple's iPad - why it's iBad for business IT

Until innovators acknowledge business, IT departments will have to keep saying no

No one could fault the innovation behind Apple's iPad tablet but the fact remains that this immature technology will cause problems for the IT department, says the Naked CIO.

The iPad is an amazing innovation and I applaud the creative thinking that has gone into it. The only unchanging element of IT over the past 25 or so years has been the keyboard and mouse but now these tablet technologies are spawning a complete rethink.

However, it is also an immense headache and a complication for business IT. The product is not mature enough to be a viable alternative to traditional workstations.

The iPad will once again turn IT into the naysayers who are seen as not adopting the new technology or at the very least as the people putting rules in place to limit iPad exposure in our work environments.

Naked CIO on apple ipad – why it's bad for business

Could Apple's iPad be bad news for IT departments?
(Photo credit: Apple)

Market-threatening tactics
First, Apple's model of deploying applications and its overprotective, market-threatening tactics to restrict certain software, such as Adobe Flash, on their devices restrict integration and are a drain on support.

Even if I wanted to accede to those who want to use the iPad as a work device, doing so carries far too many implications. I am as frustrated as anyone at the inability of business environments to exploit new and creative technologies.

And of course there will be a time and place, not to mention a few monster apps for the iPad that will greatly benefit businesses in the months and years to come.

Also, those who consider me part of the old school that doesn't want to see new technology and innovation implemented need to recognise that the problem is Apple and other vendors, not your local IT department.

Consumer-targeted technology
When companies release technology aimed at consumers and not at businesses, they are the ones who are creating the issues related to proper workplace integration, not us.

The fixation with consumables and gadgets appealing to a consumer sub-culture of these manufacturers means they do not care...