Functional Silo Syndrome
... Is what I diagnose.
I've experienced this from both sides. I train professionals who have no wish or capacity to understand the brutal realities of professionally administered IT systems. I also struggle to enable them to be creative and productive in the face of those constraints. I understand why they exist, but that doesn't make them easier to cope with.
The comment "The ipad I have.....I don't want. It makes a nice toy but a pitiful excuse for a computer. A ten year old laptop is more of a computing device than a brand new iPad." caught my eye as getting to the nub of the issue here...
I doubt anyone is asking you to give up your precious 10 year old laptop (are they?). If they are, I can see that might be upsetting. However, why is it so hard to imagine the possibility that an iPad is some professionals' ideal tool? It's almost as if it makes some people cross that productivity and profit are substituted for personal preference (pause to wipe screen). I'll admit I have been amazed at how much I enjoy being a consumer of the iPaddy stuff. However, I have also been amazed at the boost in business related stuff too. Not top 500, but it's still a business, and my iPad has paid for itself many, many times over.
What I look for in an IT professional is someone with an open mind, as well as expertise. A facilitator of what needs to be done. Of course I want to hear about how I might get in a pickle with the ICO and whatnot, but I also want to hear how we can get round the problem, in a way that doesn't involve a 10 year old laptop, or XP, or switching to Surface unless that will also pay for itself many times over.
I couldn't care less that other businesses take a different view. I have no interest in persuading anyone angrily, dismissively or with a reference packed post that businesses should support the use of iPads. In fact, if I am right, the more they don't, the better for me.
So, feel free to completely dismiss the above.