Despite its heavy consumer focus, the iPad is increasingly becoming a legitimate platform for the delivery of enterprise-grade ICT services and applications.
UXC Connect, part of ASX-listed ICT services outfit, UXC (ASX: UXC), has announced it will use its expertise in integration to deliver web interfaces, remote desktop, and customised application interfaces over the iPad, and related devices such as the iPhone to other enterprises.
In practice, this will see the company build front ends to the back end systems SAP, Oracle, and Microsoft applications so that mobile workers will be able to enter data into ERP systems via an iPad.
With UXC’s integration, iPads will also be used as a remote PC or Mac desktop allowing a user to utlise an iPad-based Citrix receiver to open a remote desktop and use standard desktop tools to enter data into a office-based database.
Remote applications which can traditionally be accessed via a PC-based browsers will also be available via the iPad.
According to UXC Connect managing director, Paul Timmins, there has been a significant increase in organisations’ desire to embrace Apple products – such as the iPhone – alongside their standard corporate environment.
“We see this trend continuing with the iPad as a device that corporate users will want to integrate into their working environment to improve productivity,” he said in a statement. “We see great potential for the iPad as a content delivery platform in industry sectors such as health, education, utilities and government.”
While the iPad and many notebooks had similar characteristics, it was best to think of the two platforms as separate, complementary devices, Iggy Pintado, director of marketing, sustainability and Innovation, at UXC Connect said.
“We don’t see the iPad as a replacement for a notebook, however many users may prefer it for specific purposes due to its superior mobility, battery life, screen resolution and networking options [such as] Wifi and 3G,” he said.