Cisco Cius

Why enterprise tablets might flop

November 22, 2010: 12:34 PM ET

The iPad has the affection of consumers, but most IT departments aren't rushing to integrate the new Apple tablet -- or any other, for that matter.

The brushed aluminum back of the iPad Wi-Fi

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Apple's (AAPL) iPad may be at the top of your holiday wish list, but don't go asking your IT department for one.

Why? Tablets are small and lightweight, and they have the computing power to accommodate enterprise-class applications. But they're also expensive, and can't do some of the things a smart phone can (like make calls and fit in your pocket). What's more tablets have yet to prove their return on investment in the workplace.

That's why an estimated 60% to 70% of people who bring iPads to work pay for them out of their own pockets. It's also why companies like Cisco (CSCO) and Research in Motion (RIMM)—both of which will soon come out with tablets for the enterprise market—could have a tough time selling to CIOs already overwhelmed with a constantly evolving (and pricey) lineup of gadgets. More

  • Cisco Cius tablet brings Android to the enterprise

    With one product announcement, Android goes from Enterprise outcast to forerunner.

    If your enterprise doesn't use a VoIP call center from Cisco or Cisco networking equipment in your server room, it still likely uses Cisco's Webex for video calling.  Pretty soon those Cisco (CSCO) salespeople are going to be calling up your director of IT pitching them on what appears to be a very cool little Android tablet called Cius.

    It may MORE

    - Jun 30, 2010 12:33 AM ET
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