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


"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?

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