The first iPad 3G showed up at Accellion today, cause for celebration. As the hour-old owner of the iPad in question, I opened up a Skype video chat to show it off to Acellionites far and wide. But there was also cause for concern: would people be able to use it to send Accellion links? I quickly volunteered myself as the beta tester for this dicey mission.
It began easily enough. Click the Safari icon in the lower left corner to open a web page on the iPad, and type in the URL of your favorite Accellion web interface. From there, I logged in using my network credentials (ah, the magic of LDAP integration!). Seeing the Send File page, I wondered: who would be the lucky recipient? Yes, it was the same victim of my Skype chat, our fearless Director of Channel Strategy, Sunita.Reddy@accellion.com.
All was going well until I got to the Select A File button, which did not want to seem to engage for me. Was it pilot error, or did we have our very first iPad compatibility issue? Not wanting to trigger a worldwide development alert, I decided instead to use the Request a File button on the Send File page, to allow Sunita to send a file back to me. She confirmed receipt of my invitation, and we seemed back on track.
Good news followed, as I was able to bring up my Accellion GoogleMail account on the iPad, and saw a new email with a file in my inbox. A click or two later, and Sunita’s latest presentation on a new Accellion product (sorry, top secret) was quickly downloading to the iPad.
Extending Accellion to new platforms has been a recurring theme during my five years at the company. Stay tuned…..
Vice President, Worldwide Channel Sales