BIS launches new services for Apple iPad users

Recognizing the growing popularity of computer tablets and employee interest in greater access to mobile computing, Business Information Services (BIS) will offer new service options for Apple iPads beginning at the end of January.

In the same way that the City provides desktop and laptop computers for employees who need them to perform their work, BIS will facilitate the purchase of iPads for departments and will offer iPad-related services to all iPad users.

iPad device costs

Departments can purchase an iPad for departmental use through BIS. The cost for a department to purchase a Wi-Fi Apple iPad through BIS ranges from $499 to $699, depending on capacity. The cost to purchase a Wi-Fi Apple iPad+3G ranges from $629 to $829. Departments can also purchase smart covers, power adapters, wireless keyboards and extended warranties for iPads through BIS.

Two access service levels for iPads

City iPad services are available to all employees who use an iPad, regardless of whether the iPad is purchased and owned by the City or whether the iPad is purchased and owned by an individual employee.

iPad users can sign up for either the Basic Service or the Premiere Service access package.

Minneapolis App Store

BIS has selected City-specific applications that can be used by iPad users who have selected the Premier Service. Apps include:

Details about the new service will be posted by the end of the month at http://citytalk/bis/products/.

Published Jan. 18, 2012