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As iPads gain more work adoption, startups like Taptera will jump in to fill the app gap

As more enterprise workers get iPads companies like Taptera to provide apps that those users need at work.

Right now there's an "app gap." iPads, since they got hot with consumers first, don't have enough apps designed for enterprise workers, yet they are being brought to work, and, even standardized on. Those workers are noticing there's a lot of apps missing that they need at work. Startups like Taptera are going to be needed to fill that app gap.

Here we get a look at their first apps, which do things like ways to keep track of rooms/spaces, colleagues, and events.

This is a trend I'm watching, and will continue to watch for signs of shifts as Windows 8 hits the market later this year. I expect Android will also start making inroads (they say they aren't seeing it yet in enterprises, but I expect that to change).

Are you using your iPad at work? What apps are you missing?
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it's great to see more of this happening.
...which is why I miss Android. :D

Given the fixed hardware architecture and software in place on iPads, they're very predictable machines, which makes them an ideal and obvious choice for corporate use, once the app gap is closed. I don't deride their choices at all...just wish it was Android.
I use my iPad at work for Project Management and when attending meetings. It's more convenient to lug around than my laptop.
I use my Transformer Prime with keyboard to avoid lugging my work laptop to meetings. with Evernote the meeting notes are waiting for me when I get back to my desk.
In my oppinion the ideal world this gap on could be fulfilled with Web apps using the full extent of the HTML5. Inclding webworkers, local storage, appcache, websockets, geolocation, etc. In other words, a whole AJAX-based client side architecture that could handle local data and user interaction on the browser and synchronize with the server when necessary. I understand that this approach is still far from becoming an standard, but I believe that the multiplatform approach should still be considered on bizz apps, thus corporate clients tend to invest on less dependant long term solutions.
Could "heavy HTML5" apps become equivalent to platform-specific apps for business on the far future?
Google Corporate Gmail account. I can see all of the corporate contacts, schedule conference rooms (based on availability when scheduling a meeting). And I can do it from any Android phone, Android tablet, iPhone, or iPad. :)
As Apple continues to gain ground in the enterprise market, this will load to an explosive growth in sales in 2013.
Very cool review, good to see more entperprise-centric iPad app vendors out there!
Here's a snapshot of our road warrior iPad user survey: they don't care about meeting room reservations. They want access to corporate files behind the firewall so they can have PowerPoints on their iPads that render exactly as they do on a PC with no fidelity issues. Security and compliance officers are very reluctant to let this happen -- right now, they only allow email/calendar through ActiveSync.
Only one using the iPad is all the kids playing angry birds and watching kids youtube videos.
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we just upgraded from Windows 2000 to XP, last year at work, so no iPads in the radar
Unfortunately, we cannot use iPad at work (most software we need doesn't exist, windows is still king). But we use it to test our apps on:) And whenever we conduct a survey with customers we hear iPad not tablets (Sorry Android fans)

But you know what is awesome +Robert Scoble? This
If Apple really wants to enforce the concept that it is the post PC era, they need to do something similar.
Unfortunately, this is the same problem that happened with Mac in the 90s. When you have a closed system you cannot compete with a world of innovation. You will get a bit of a head start when you bring your awesome product out then the competition will take your market share when you can do so much more with their product. The only thing going for them now is that you other tablet market share is pretty much non-existant, but give it a year or two.
+Marcelo Nunes The only company that embraced WebWorks is dead (did you see the conference call Thursday?), and no, it is very difficult to build apps on HTML5, the amount of time you spend fixing little quirks due to browser different interpretations is probably equivalent to building native apps, let alone that you will get a dumbed down app due to limited hardware integration.
If your goal is to build desktop and mobile apps, then yes HTML has a fighting chance (Too many native apps to build if you want desktop and mobile), but not HTML5, a big percentage of desktop users still run old browsers.
This is a better (more available) solution to the wall mounted meeting room managers you see outside of conference rooms. You could replace those old clunkers with wall mounted iPads and you would get more functionality out of them. The cheapest WiFi only iPads would work just fine.
I would want a desktop solution that works the same way though. Desktops are alive and well in the corporate environment.
I was doing iPad training for consumers but am increasingly getting requests from corporate, education, and professional associations. Did one for 50 M.D.s Thursday at a medical group that bought iPads for EMR and will likely do more.

New users still need help getting comfortable with iPads but once comfortable like them better than PCs. 
+Samir Al-Battran Re: it is very difficult to build apps on HTML5 While true for browsers running in quirks mode based on the 1997-vintage HTML 4 standards, +Marcelo Nunes is correct for HTML 5. In fact, that's the whole point of HTML 5 - to converge the base functionality of HTML back to a single standard ( I recently converted to work on current devices and it works well on everything from Google TV to Kindle Fire without any browser detection at all. You do need a browser that supports HTML 5, which means if you're using IE it should be 9+, but the way the other browsers do updates you typically don't need to worry about them as much as IE.
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