Dale is a co-founder of Freeform Dynamics, and today runs the company. As part of this, he oversees the organisation’s industry coverage and research agenda, which tracks technology trends and developments, along with IT-related buying behaviour among mainstream enterprises, SMBs and public sector organisations.
I have used iPads for many years, but they have always been ’nice to have’ rather than essential devices from a work perspective. The addition of the ’Pencil’ (stylus) and the larger screen with the iPad Pro, however, means this latest Apple tablet has become a much more integral part of the way I work. This is because I have always preferred scribbling notes, mind-maps, diagrams, etc on paper to capturing information and thoughts as typed text. Over the years, I have tried using tablets as electronic notepaper on many occasions, but it has always felt too awkward, fussy and/or unreliable for routine use. The iPad Pro fixes this. Together with Microsoft OneNote, the experience is pretty much as fast, comfortable and effective as using a paper notebook and pen, but with some important advantages. I am no longer constrained by the size of the physical page (OneNote gives you an essentially unbounded canvas), my scribbles are automatically synchronised across all my devices, and I can easily share them with colleagues (either natively or in PDF format) with just a few taps. This is by no means the only benefit of the iPad Pro. If you add a decent keyboard and use the Office 365 apps, it really does come close to being a laptop replacement, at least for lightweight business use. But for me, personally, electronic note taking is the killer app. Related Material The Politics and Practicalities of End User Computing Community Research Report IT-Business Alignment Revisited Accommodating increased user influence The Escalating Mobile Security Challenge BYOD was just the beginning