iPad's Future: 10 Reasons Why Apple's Tablet Won't Be A Long-Term Success

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    Don Reisinger

1. The Cisco Tablet Is Coming

1. The Cisco Tablet Is Coming

Tablets appeal to corporate customers. But as more tablets come to the enterprise market, one will stand above the others: Cisco's Cius. Unlike the competition, the Cius will integrate into existing infrastructure. And thanks to Google's new attempts at capturing enterprise market share, it's not a stretch to say that future versions of Android OS, which the Cius runs, will be even more enterprise-friendly.
Apple's iPad is the subject of some heated debate in the corporate world. On one hand, it's viewed as a product that must be be respected. Its supporters believe that it revolutionizes the marketplace and will allow employees to be far more productive than they have been in previous years without such a tablet. Detractors couldn't disagree more. They see the tablet as an entertainment product designed exclusively for consumers. And although the iPad is being adopted heavily in the corporate world, those detractors believe companies will soon realize that the device doesn't have lasting power for business needs. Deciding which side makes the most compelling argument can be difficult. Right now, the iPad is all the rage in the tech world. It's selling extremely well, and with some help from excited IT managers, it's becoming a rapidly adopted tablet. But the device might lack the long-term success that has made Apple so important over the past decade. Not only is Apple typically lost in the enterprise, but it focuses very little of its time there. And with a new, potentially more compelling tablet coming - the Cisco Cius - the iPad's success in the corporate world could be short-lived. Here's why:
This article was originally published on 2010-08-05
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.