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Shell FCU using iPads for board meetings
FARMERS BRANCH, Texas (3/20/12)--Shell FCU, a $482 million asset credit union in Deer Park, Texas, has implemented the use of iPads for board and other meeting presentations, according to the Texas Credit Union League.

"Sharing presentations across multiple iPads not only improves visibility but cuts back on paper usage and expenses," Angela Head, the credit union's chief operating officer, told the league (LoneStar Leaguer March 16).

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Implementing and installing local network access via WiFi, the credit union's information systems staff set up IdeaFlight, a software program that provides access for one "pilot" to drive presentations and up to 15 "passengers" following the presentations. It created a universal presentation file format through PDF, said Joe Herrera, IS manager at the credit union. (See the photo of  a typical board meeting set up).

The article also noted that a national study of small and mid-size business (SMB) owners by The Business Journals revealed that iPad and other mobile devices have become critical to this business segment. iPad use nearly quadrupled among the SMB market over the past year--to 34% in 2011 from 9% in 2010. That indicates that the tablet is the fastest growing technology among the SMB market, said the article.

Since Apple launched the iPad in April 2010,  nearly 75% of SMB owners report being "very" or "somewhat" familiar with the device--an "incredibly high" level of familiarity, said the study. Of those surveyed, 34% are tech-savvy and financially successful, 72% have annual household incomes averaging $176,000, and their companies are well-established, existing for an average of 28 years.


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