How Do You use iPad at Work?

cwosigns

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Jul 8, 2008
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I was commenting in another thread and it made me stop and wonder how others use their iPad at work.

I work in Training & Development (developing e-learning), but our company locks our laptops down pretty tight. I could really use Photoshop, but it's not on the approved software list for my position (or anyone in our department). I use Photoshop Touch on my iPad to manipulate images into something I can use for training. I also keep PDFs, Word, PPT and Excel fils on my laptop for reference, use Keynote to develop, edit and review trainings when I'm traveling.

I would LOVE to get my work email on my iPad, but it's not allowed unless you have a corporate iPhone (my work line is still under contract and tied to a BlackBerry). So I have to use webmail, which prohibits me from sending attachments.

Just wondering:

1. What field are you in?
2. How do you use your iPad at work?
3. Is it with/without the knowledge of your IT department?
 

mbleopard

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Sep 8, 2008
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1. Defense.
2. I'd lose my job.
3. See above.

I'd love to use mine the iPad or my iPhone for email, conferencing, note-taking, etc but something about military secrets, cameras, and personal computers don't mix.
 

rman726

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Oct 15, 2007
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1. Defense.
2. I'd lose my job.
3. See above.

I'd love to use mine the iPad or my iPhone for email, conferencing, note-taking, etc but something about military secrets, cameras, and personal computers don't mix.
Same for me. It sucks.
 

liquidlink

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Mar 17, 2008
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Chicago, Illinois
1. Security Company
2. Note taking, Contract signing, presentations
3. Own my company, and looking for role iPads out to all my sales people in the near future
 

Warbrain

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Jun 28, 2004
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Chicago, IL
1. Telecommunications
2. Presentations and training. Trying to figure out more.
3. It's known that people are using their own iOS devices now. They don't provide support but allow it.
 

tekchic

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Apr 19, 2010
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Phoenix, AZ
1. Software development

2. Keeping track of my daily tasks in Evernote so I'm ready for morning standup meeting (we do Agile / Scrum methodology). Keeping notes in Evernote of things like TFS build steps, code snippets, etc. Reading books while the hefty build is eating up my beefy machine. Programming textbooks and magazines (GoodReader and iBooks). Taking notes during sprint planning meetings. Testing our large airline industry website to test for any Safari iOS quirks.

3. Yes - but it would be nice to have wifi instead of having to rely on 3G at work. Also what Warbrain said: "It's known that people are using their own iOS devices now. They don't provide support but allow it."
 

Michael CM1

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Feb 4, 2008
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1. Defense.
2. I'd lose my job.
3. See above.

I'd love to use mine the iPad or my iPhone for email, conferencing, note-taking, etc but something about military secrets, cameras, and personal computers don't mix.
Gotta love your employer displaying so much trust!

For some reason I have access to tons of files that could crash like 10 websites, but I don't have admin privileges on my damn computer. I have to ask my boss to approve any stupid little free app.
 

ixodes

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Jan 11, 2012
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Aerospace design, not the type of challenge an iPad is equipped to handle. There are times that even our most fully maxed out workstations are challenged.

The side effects are beneficial, when I come home & pickup my iPad, it feels fresh & new, so simple & easy. A real break from that four letter word called work :)
 

ugp

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Jan 7, 2008
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I sit in an office all day working accounting. I use mine for Hulu, NetFlix, or other movies I load myself to play in the background so it's not silent. Makes my days go by a lot faster. I tend to play things I've seen before so I already know whats going on.
 

ninaco

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Mar 11, 2012
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1. What field are you in? IT Project Manager

2. How do you use your iPad at work? I won't be able to. Only company-owned devices are allowed to connect to my employer's network. If I tried using the iPad or any other device, it'd be grounds for dismissal.
 

pure3d2

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Mar 7, 2012
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1. IT
2. Watching movies, checking email, playing games
3. They know. They also know to leave me alone.

1. What field are you in? IT Project Manager

2. How do you use your iPad at work? I won't be able to. Only company-owned devices are allowed to connect to my employer's network. If I tried using the iPad or any other device, it'd be grounds for dismissal.
Wow that's strict. I wouldn't be able to work at a place with such limited freedom.
 

ant69

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Feb 2, 2009
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i work in IT
i use my iPad for email/RDP and pretty much anything , email/games/web
 
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i0Nic

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1. What field are you in?
News/Media - Product Management (Mobile and Video)

2. How do you use your iPad at work?
- Bug testing apps
- Testing beta's, prototypes
- Quality control of content on our apps
- Write notes in meetings
- Email

3. Is it with/without the knowledge of your IT department?
- Yes
 

clyde2801

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1. Legal.

2. TrialPad allows me to take digital copies of files to court with me. iCal allows me to track and add to to my court appearances and office intakes. iMessage, TextFree, and Mail allow me to contact clients and keep in communication with my office while sitting in the courtroom waiting (formerly semi-wasted time). MileBug allows me to keep track of my mileage. iBooks allows me to take important texts and manuals in PDF form with me at all times.

Maps and GoogleEarth actually convinced an Assistant District Attorney to dismiss a burglary charge during a conference in his office: details accessible through it corroborated the client's testimony.

Dropbox, Box and iCloud allow my legal assistant to send me everything and anything on the fly from my office network.

3. I'm self employed...I AM the IT department!
 

Surf Monkey

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Oct 3, 2010
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Portland, OR
1. Graphic design/commercial artist
2. Displaying comps & photos to clients, doing light graphic work.
3. I'm an independent contractor.
 

jojoba

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Dec 9, 2011
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1. academic

2. I've used the iPad to go paperless. I use it for reading and annotating academic articles. It's my virtual notebook so I use it extensively for note taking. I also have some academic journal apps on it.

3. Yes, they know.
 

maxsquared

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Jun 27, 2009
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Online e-tailer - as a dev manager
Read news in boring meetings
They know, just use the guest wifi, everyone else does it anyway.
 

LiloThePleo

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Aug 8, 2010
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As a teaching aide at school.
Hooked up to the smart board generally.
When it comes to Apple devices I am the tech department :p