iPads Storm the Boardroom
LONDON, Oct. 30, 2012
- 33% of FTSE100 use the Diligent Boardbooks secure iPad app
LONDON, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- You could say that 2012 was the year
that the iPad got serious. Originally intended as a fun device for consumers,
the iPad has grown up and entered the highest echelons of business, including
the boardroom. UK tablet sales to corporate buyers outstripped those to
consumers in 2012, climbing from 35% of all purchases in Q2 last year to 64%
in the same period this year. And iPad sales accounted for 72% of those
tablets, up from 56% a year earlier.
Capital Shopping Centres Group signed as Diligent Boardbooks Ltd.'s 33rd FTSE
100 client, bringing the growth rate in the use of Diligent's secure board
portal and iPad app to 72% amongst FTSE 100 companies since the start of 2012.
Independent surveys show that three-quarters of directors favour getting their
critical board papers in electronic format instead of receiving board packs as
printed papers. Based on our experience, these estimates are proving true.
"Diligent Boardbooks® offers an effective way to securely modernise internal
communications due to its concierge-level service, intuitive interface and
compatibility with the latest devices," said Charlie Horrell, European
Managing Director, Diligent Boardbooks Ltd. "Making the switch to an
electronic portal is a natural progression for businesses and one which is
altering the way company leaders and boards communicate on their most critical
Current FTSE 100 users of the Diligent Boardbooks secure iPad app include
companies such as Barclays, Pearson, Standard Life and Kingfisher plc. The
transition from traditional board papers to a digital version has a number of
positive impacts on those who use and prepare the papers. Board directors
appreciate faster delivery, easier access, and annotation, search and voting
features, while staff who prepare the documents are able to make last minute
changes and improve the quality and timeliness of board materials. There are
other corporate benefits, measured in time and cost savings as well as
environmental impact. While the transition from paper can be an obvious
decision, selection of the right board portal provider to assist in that
journey is critical.
At Kingfisher plc,the transition to Boardbooks technology is already paying
dividends for directors.David Morris, Assistant Company Secretary said: "The
secure platform and simple usability of Diligent Boardbooks has been an
enormous time-saver for the Secretariat and the Kingfisher Board."
Notes: Research independently provided by Computer Reseller News and Edis
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administrators worldwide rely on Diligent Board Member Services, Inc. to speed
and simplify how board materials are produced, delivered and reviewed.
Providing the world's most widely used secure board portal, Diligent has
pioneered ease of use, stringent security, and superior training and support
since 2001. Our wide range of customers in Europe includes 33% of the FTSE100
in the UK. We also serve 242 of the Fortune 1000 in the US. Today we are a
public company with cumulative sales of almost $US 45.9 million. Our ranking
in the 2011 Deloitte Technology Fast 500 places us among the fastest growing
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Montreal, Sydney, Christchurch, Singapore and Hong Kong.
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