For the last year or two, the Apple iPad has been the must have electronics item for consumers. It’s brilliant screen, incredibly easy to use interface and the backing of the diverse app store has made it one of the hottest electronic gadgets ever released. Despite the success in the consumer world however, it’s blessing from corporate CIO’s has not been as swift. Some glaring security issues and a lack of business specific applications has slowed it’s adoption by mainstream corporate America. That, however is changing.

The recent release of security features targeted at the iPad from McAfee, Symantech, and Zenprise promise to address the most glaring weakness of the iPad, corporate security. Each company has announced products and services tailored specifically for iPad 2.0 and the corporate market. Enabling these devices to be included within the standard security umbrella is a significant step to their widespread acceptance by CIO’s within the corporate world. This acceptance is evidenced by the recent decisions by some of the largest financial services firms in the industry, a typically risk adverse group, to begin shipping iPad’s to their brokers and money managers in lieu of laptops or other mobile devices. This is a significant step forward for corporate adoption of the iPad.

From a service applications standpoint, a host of software developers, including ServiceMax, Clicksoftware, Tenpointsix, and TOA Technologies have been busy attempting to address the other significant weakness, business applications. Since the release of the iPad 2.0, each company has released full-feature, field-service specific apps that make the iPad 2.0 capable of replacing traditional laptops and as a result merit consideration. There is no doubt that more vendors will follow suit and announce products designed for the iPad, especially given the recent breakthroughs in corporate security.

Jolt Consulting Group believes that corporations should develop strategies for including the iPad in their list of support devices. Service executives also should begin planning for mainstream use of the iPad 2. Now if only Apple would find a way to solve the screen glare when outdoors, it would be the perfect device…