Insurance firm Torus has become one of the first companies to begin implementing the iPad across its workforce, after successful trials in its UK boardroom showed a huge business potential for the device.
Jeff Smith, group chief information officer at Torus, told V3.co.uk that executives were impressed with the iPad during the first day of use, and that the company decided to implement the iPad for two reasons.
"The original purpose was for cost efficiency. Each individual board pack could consist of around 1,600 pages and, combined with the high cost of couriering around the world, the iPad saves thousands of pounds at every meeting," he said.
"The iPad also provides immediate access to information and is not as distracting as a BlackBerry or laptop. The tablet is a new class of device. It fits between a smartphone and a laptop and, once people understand this, they will adapt to it."
Smith explained that the form factor and usability of the iPad make it an attractive investment. The fact that it feels like a notepad makes it intuitive, and non-technical staff have been able to use it without any problem, he said.
Smith also claimed that the iPad has been the first piece of technology in 20 years that has paid off the investment after its first use.
All the executives in the company have one, and the device is being trialled by underwriters and the claims and IT departments.
Torus claimed that there have been no problems so far, and that it plans to implement the device along with other tablets in the future.
Although Torus is an Apple customer, it has had to buy the iPad in small numbers without any discount.
The successful implementation at Torus could pave the way for other organisations to do the same, potentially resulting in Apple offering some form of business incentive in the future.
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