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BI: Written in the Tablets

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For weeks I have been busily transcribing and writing up interviews for this year's edition of our magazine's latest 25 Top Information Manager program, and this year's nominees may be even more fascinating than last year's. (If you don't know what I'm referring to, have a quick look at last year's program.)

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Comments (3)
Wow, imagine giving the checkout clerk in the grocery store their own IPad so they can look at a dashboard that contains their performance data. Or the truck driver on the road could be told how his particular load and on time delivery will affect the company's bottom line! This is so important to the minions in these businesses. It will motivate them to do even better!

How about adding motivational videos that play when the clerk or truck driver falls below performance targets?

Or better yet. How about using an IPad for time and motion studies! We'll call it the Frederick Winslow Taylor app!

Such wonderful possibilities! Of course what happens when the checkout clerk starts to record the video of her supervisor harassing her or belittling him. Or when the truck driver starts watching porn (sorry for the stereotyping) while driving. Or everyone starts twittering on their IPad? Will productivity improve?

I enjoy my IPad. I think it's a great device to read newspapers, books and surf the net. But let's not get too hyperactive about dashboards and supply chain and mobile computing.

Will pharmaceutical companies be sending doctors IPads in lieu of sending well-dressed "drug specialists" (notice I avoided using the term drug dealers)? This will lead to increased unemployment.

Who cares about the "consumerizing the consumption of business information" when you can watch Netflix and YouTube at work!!

Posted by Richard O | Wednesday, April 13 2011 at 10:39AM ET
You raise a lot of points in the comment below and based on your many previous remarks and tone I'm not surprised you went there. I'd quickly agree there are all sorts of social implications to distributed intelligence for those who will be doing more than reading newspapers on them. That's not what I was looking at here, nor the implications of pharmaceutical sales practices. For many who work with information to execute their jobs, tablets will free up work habits from the chairs they reside in how. That said, from many directions, the future is arriving fast.
Posted by Jim E | Wednesday, April 13 2011 at 1:47PM ET
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