My boss has tablet fever and I've been telling him to wait for the BlackBerry Playbook, since we already have BlackBerry Professional Software for our BlackBerry phones. The Playbook release date is probably next month, but he has asked me to give him a report of what it would cost to use the iPad2 instead.
We have a Windows Server 2003 network with XP client computers. My boss has a Dell Vostro laptop running XP, and we have a W2K3 terminal server and a Cisco ASA5505 "adaptive security appliance" / router which provides VPN access. We do NOT have https access to Outlook, but we have the VPN and BlackBerrys. Outlook Web Access only works on the LAN with http. We don't have a way into Exchange from the outside, so iPads and Androids can't read Exchange over the internet. I looked into this before and concluded that I would need to set up https and a second IP address (and both of these have subscription costs). I currently have only one outside IP address from our DSL provider, and it is used to access the Cisco ASA5505.
Now, I need to provide a broad list of pros and cons for the iPad2 vs the Playbook, and an estimate of cost in purchases and time spent to make the iPad2 do what the Playbook would do.
For example, Playbook can link to BlackBerry phones, but iPad2 will need a 3G/4G connection and a way into the server from outside, in order to access Exchange and the terminal server.
I know this is a broad topic, but any advice would be appreciated!