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When Charles Rechtsteiner received an iPad from his company, Autodesk, in 2011 to control energy management systems throughout the firm's various buildings, he thought it was a joke. But he's not laughing these days.

“Now we're running systems in the building remotely on a routine basis,” says Rechtsteiner, Autodesk's regional facilities manager. “At the end of this year, I'll be able to put my laptop away and use only my iPad to run performance analysis.”

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