US investment bank JP Morgan is trialing Apple’s iPad tablet device as a tool for bankers, Bloomberg News has reported.
In an internal email the news agency claims to have seen, two JP Morgan managing directors remark that “there are real benefits in our working environment that can be realised using this device, as well as the personal productivity and enjoyment that come as part of the package”.
“Depending on its success we will evaluate if we should repeat this one time initiative and/or expand it to others,” they are quoted as saying.
Apple’s iPad is a much-discussed device in enterprise IT circles at the moment, with many IT directors reporting that senior business executives are asking for the device to be supported.
So far, though, IT executives seem to be divided over whether to support the Apple device or to hold out for Research In Motion’s forthcoming PlayBook. Due for launch next year, the PlayBook tablet will support BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the back-end software that many organisations already use to manage and secure their employees’ BlackBerry devices.
Some analysts are predicting bumper sales for the iPad this Christmas, but others have warned Apple’s supply chain may fail to meet demand.