Gartner Research

Choosing an iPad Productivity Suite in a Microsoft World

Published: 21 August 2013

ID: G00252083

Analyst(s): Elden Nelson


Mobile workers hope to use iPads to do the kinds of work they usually do with Microsoft Office only to experience the frustration of mangled files and disappointing functionality. By understanding the capabilities and problems of available solutions, IT can help iPad users increase productivity.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Comparing Compatibilities


  • The iPad: A Disruptive Technology Archetype
  • Who Is Bringing iPads Into the Enterprise, and How Are They Using Them?
    • Executives and Management Use Case: The iPad Leading Edge
    • The Sales Use Case: Toting a Cool Sales Device
    • The Field Workers Use Case: Getting Work Done With a Better Form Factor
    • The BYOD Use Case
  • The Big Question: Why Do People Want to Use iPads to Get Work Done?
  • The Evolving Content Life Cycle and Device Ecosystem
    • The Evolving Ecosystem
    • Know Your Scenarios
  • The Dilemma: No Microsoft Office
  • But Do People Need Office-Like Tools on the iPad?
  • Research Users' Needs
  • Select a Suite or Set of Tools Based on Its Use Cases
  • Know Your Users

The Details

  • Sample Roles
    • Lawyers and Executives
    • Financial Analysts
    • Marketing and Sales
  • Productivity Tools: Capabilities and Caveats
    • Native iPad Apps
    • VM-Based Apps
    • Microsoft Office Web Apps
    • Google Docs and Google Drive
    • Apple iWork Suite
    • SlideShark: For Special Cases

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