Some Thoughts on iPads and One-to-One Initiatives

There’s no doubt that Apple (iOS), Google (Android), and Microsoft (Windows Phone) are creating ‘verticals’ across which it’s becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. It’s much easier to deploy, for example, a single type of device across an institution rather than take a ‘mixed economy’ approach. But to do so, in my opinion, would be to repeat the mistakes we made around Microsoft Office in the last 15 years or so. Locking yourself into one vendor may lead to a short-term gain but I can almost guarantee it will be a long-term loss.

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