Companies trying to decide whether to include tablets in their workflow should consider two examples of how the Apple iPad is being used to save large amounts of money.
A Healthcare Example
The CIO (Chief Information Officer) of a hospital was speaking at a healthcare technology forum when he dropped a bombshell: he’d performed a study on the cost effectiveness of replacing the hospital’s current system that uses paper to store patient records, and he discovered that the tablets would pay for themselves in just 9 days.
The current system that required huge amounts of paper shuffling wasted so much time that even the cost of buying dozens of tablets would be recouped in just over a week.
An Air Force Example
The Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC) is in the process of replacing the flight manuals and other paper documents used on cargo and refueling flights with iPads. It expects to save over $5 million a year from this change.
Currently, each of the crew members on these flights is required to carry 40 or 50 pounds of paper manuals, and planes can have as many as 10 pilots and other personnel The fuel toting this adds up to $750 thousand a year.
In addition, the cost of printing and distributing these manuals is considerable: roughly $5 million a year, according to Major Brian Moritz, the manager of the Electronic Flight Book (EFB) program.
The AMC is going to spend $9.4 million for up to 18,000 iPads to be included in the EFB program.
The Air Force isn’t the only one saving money by using Apple’s tablets to replace heavy flight manuals, American Airlines is too. And many more people serving in other branches of the military will be soon be using iPads, now that they have been approved by the Department of Defense.