Over the last few weeks, several bloggers here at SolarWinds have blogged about the concerns IT professionals face as the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend continues to rise (see the most recent one here). As I've read these posts, I've wondered, "Am I just another headache to the IT guys because I use my iPad at work?" Luckily, the answer to that is "Probably not," since our IT guys have all the right tools in place. But another thing these posts have prompted me to do is reflect on how my iPad helps improve my productivity and flexibility, both at the office and away.


How I Use My iPad for Work

Several of my coworkers have gotten iPads and asked me how I use mine at work. Sure, I use it to stream Pandora while I work, but I've also found several other, more productive, uses for my handheld device. For example:

  • I use a handwriting app to replace the tattered and inevitably discarded notebooks I used to carry around.
  • I use the Chrome browser to sync my bookmarks from my desktop browser and to view, manage, and send KB articles from meetings or even the hallway.
  • I use an Outlook app and several chat apps to stay connected, even when I'm grabbing lunch.


I also use my iPad to work from home. Oftentimes, this is far more convenient than booting up my PC at 6 o'clock in the morning to log into a meeting with our Dev team overseas. Here's what I use:

  • The GoTo Meeting app to join meetings and share screens
  • The Cisco AnyConnect app to connect to our corporate VPN
  • An RDP app to log directly into my work PC


How You Can Use Yours

My list is probably pretty typical for the average savvy mobile device user. But what about for you tech gurus? Well, SolarWinds recently acquired two companies that brought us some incredible mobile solutions for IT professionals. If you support end-users in your role as an IT professional, check out these two products: