March 09, 2011, 11:12 AM — Many CIOs were hoping the iPad would fade into the shadows of the next new thing, as so many other tech gadgets have. But the iPad is proving to have a lot more staying power than many predicted--and the consumer-driven iPad is on a crash course with enterprise IT. CIOs will need to handle anything and everything the iPad, Apple and iOS app developers throw at them.
CIOs, you'd better get on board and manage the iPad before it manages you.
Two Tech Hurdles: Provisioning and Apps
What are the biggest challenges CIOs will face in the brave new world of the iPad? Charles Edge, author of Enterprise iPhone and iPad Administrator's Guide (Apress, Nov. 2010) and director of technology at IT consultancy 318, says there are two major technical hurdles: provisioning iPhones and iPads en masse, and getting the data to the right user and then back to the server.