While John Hancock Is Gripped By iPad Mania, Does Anyone Really Believe A Tablet Will Increase His Productivity?

Monday, January 10, 2011 23:51
While John Hancock Is Gripped By iPad Mania, Does Anyone Really Believe A Tablet Will Increase His Productivity?

The wealth management division of insurer John hancock bought iPads for 200 wholesalers. But are tablets worth all this attention? Do they increase your productivity

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"We are basically saving wholesalers' backs since they won't have to lug those books around,” said Keith Hartstein, president of John Hancock Funds LLC told Investment News. “So far, they are a huge hit.”


It's a great morale booster, but I don't know if it's a great way for a company to spend its technology budget.

If you ran insurer and had a couple hundred thousand dollars to burn, would you order a round of iPads for everyone? Not me.


While the iPad has the cool factor,  a smartphone and computer can do just about everything an iPad can do.


Can a wealth management firm find better ways to spend tech money?


Would it better better off directly giving its wholesalers $750 to spend as they please on technology? Or negotiating discounts with vendors on software aimed at productivity? Or flying people in for a training session on using core software systems?


Put another way: Can any tablet user tell me that the device is contiributing to his productivity?  


While I love gadgets as much as anyone, is tablet-mania going too far?

Comments (1)

I think you're right to question whether tablets will result in an increase in productivity across the board. Some users my play Angry Birds over opting to read company marketing copy loaded on the device.

Yet in my personal practice, I load my iPad with meeting agendas and meeting notes and can flip through the pages with the touchscreen while conducting meetings.

I feel the tablet's touchscreen is marginally faster than using the mouse/keyboard on a laptop to flip through pages. Plus only the latest laptops support the pinch-zoom feature native to the iPad.

There's also something to be said for the tablet's inconspicuous presence in a meeting. It's no thicker than a folder with 50-60 pages. But I feel that using a laptop in a client meeting interferes with the conversation I have with my clients; it's almost like a third person in the room with a vertical screen crying out for attention.
billwinterberg , January 15, 2011

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