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iPad® in the Enterprise: Developing and Deploying Business Applications by Nathan Clevenger

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Chapter 17

Planning a Deployment

What's in this Chapter?

  • Deciding on the best approach for device provisioning
  • How to manage the hardware procurement process
  • Taking advantage of available hardware accessories
  • Preparing for the logistics of the deployment
  • Planning for user support and self-service

Even though this book has covered “deployment” in the last few chapters, many organizations will actually be rolling out devices and mobile device management solutions before designing and developing any applications.

As a result, these last four chapters may be the first chapters that need to be digested by many readers who are responsible for supporting an iPad deployment within their enterprises. This chapter will cover the strategies and best practices for planning, and will also include the many issues that should be taken into consideration when preparing for an iPad deployment.

First, we'll examine the different deployment options you can take, with either an individual user self-service approach or a centrally provisioned approach, where the device is handed to the user pre-configured and ready to go. Additionally, we'll examine the ramifications of personally owned devices vs. company-owned hardware.

Then we'll look at accessories, and not just the iPad accessories that are commonly used by consumers, but also powerful mobile business accessories like barcode scanners, magnetic stripe readers, and rugged portable printers. These accessories can enable the iPad to perform tasks ...

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