The New York Times has conducted an interview with Cornelius, N.C., town manager Anthony Roberts about their recent move from paper to iPads. Meeting agendas are no longer being printed in the town of 25,000, and instead the town has issued tablets to its council members, mayor, department heads, town clerk, police chief, and finance director, in an attempt to cut costs as well as waste.

The interview is a little light-hearted, but the gist of the article is important: iPads are finding ways to be useful, despite early pundit opinions. The city plans to have the iPads pay for themselves in about a year and a half when accounting for savings in printing, copiers, paper, and other administrative tasks that are no longer needed.

Technology can often be burdensome, or not worth the time investment, but with the iPad neither of those things are a problem. People are quickly finding ways to integrate the devices into their businesses, both large and small, and in the majority of these cases the iPad is effectively aiding in business processes. That alone is worth the price of admission.

If you want to read the interview in its entirety, check out the New York Times’s article on their website.

Source: New York Times

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