The iPad isn't just a hot new consumer device, it's also an increasingly popular tool for business. Each week we take a look at the new or updated business apps for the iPad, and highlight trends in how tablets are being used in the enterprise.
This week we take a look at how the Veterans Administration is planning to roll out iPads, the Khan Academy's open source iPad app and more.
Veterans Administration Set to Approve Use of iPads
We've seen a few instances of federal agencies - notably the NSA - using iPads. And health care has always been cited as a good vertical for iPads. So we're not surprised to read that the the Veterans Administration is set to approve the use of iPads. The VA will extend its device policy to include iPhones and Android devices as well.
Most Important Elements of a Mobile Enterprise Strategy
This week we took a look at a Forrester report on enterprise mobility strategies. Forrester laid out the eight most important types of enterprise collaboration software, and suggested that the future is in native mobile apps that connect to cloud services.
Box announced an enterprise mobile development contest called Box Mobile Dev Challenge. The prizes include up to $25,000 in cash and the chance to pitch your idea to the venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. I will be one of the judges.
Khan Academy iPad App Open-Sourced
Though it's not really a business app, I thought this was worth noting here: the Khan Academy has open-sourced its iPad app. The app isn't available from the iTunes store yet, but the organization has made its jQuery-based source code available on GitHub. The Khan Academy offers free video lectures on a variety of academic topics.