For a long time the IT worker visited a customer to fix a stricken desktop. Often it did not take super human steps to fix the problem. More often than not, it went something like this:
"Chet, I have discovered the problem. Your computer is unplugged. I am now plugging it back in."
But those were the desktop days. Now, we're in the age of a new IT worker who in most cases has to be knowledgeable about smartphones and tablets that people are bringing into work. It was hard enough to maintain a desktop PC environment, now the modern IT worker is expected to be an expert in every new platform that comes along.
Mobile is the future and the iPad is the symbol of that transformation. In the olden days, the IT worker controlled the environment. Today, the IT worker must adapt to a consumer driven world.
But the iPad is also serving as a vehicle for the IT worker to conduct what they do in a modern manner that keeps pace with any other iPad user.
Apps are starting to emerge for IT. Today, VMware introduced a new iPad app, its second to launch this month.
VSphere Client for iPad is available for immediate download from the Apple App Store. It is a companion interface to the vSphere client. It is used to monitor and manage the performance of vSphere hosts and virtual machines. You can also start, stop and suspend virtual machines, reboot them or put them into maintenance mode.
Citrix also has an iPad app.
Rackspace also recently released an iPad app that also represents how IT is changing. The Rackspace app actually works with Apple TV and uses storage as a full Web environment that can be used to share media through services such as Twitter.
This is full-immersion into the iPad experience for the IT worker. It means a woman can work at home. A Dad can work at home and manage the virtual network.
This is a good thing.
And it appears that IT is getting the message. Executives are demanding iPads. And it is not going to stop any time soon.