Beth StackpoleContributing writer, Computerworld

Beth Stackpole, a frequent Computerworld contributor, has reported on business and technology for more than 20 years. Disclosure: She also writes for Hewlett-Packard's marketing website TechBeacon.

The iPad takes on manufacturing

First it won accolades as the next killer consumer device. Then it slipped into the backpacks and briefcases of white-collar information workers, and now it's taking on manufacturing.