Oh dear. Looks like just about everyone in the enterprise arena missed the memo about the iPad being just a ‘consumption device’, no good for doing real work like those Surface tablets with the clicky keyboards that make everyone in the board room dance.
Because according to the latest report from Good Technology, over 93% of enterprise tablet activations in Q4 of 2012 were iPads. Android tablets gained momentum during the course of 2012 – and still account for less than 7% of activations. Oh, and those proper, business focused, real work doing tablets from Microsoft – not even a smudge on the chart, they don’t even warrant a number.
Good Technology is a blue-chip services provider in the enterprise mobility space:
As the leader in enterprise mobility, Good Technology™ provides mobile device, app, and data security to some of the world’s largest banks, healthcare organizations, governments, and retailers. With over 4000 customers across every major industry, including half the Fortune 100™, Good® has a clear view into global mobility trends and the adoption of new mobile platforms and devices.
The report also reveals the top two sectors for mobile device activations: financial services and business and professional services.
The iPad is clearly dominating in the enterprise and making a huge impact in the education arena as well. Wouldn’t it be great if one of these days we stopped hearing the stupid talk from Microsoft and many folks in the mainstream media who insist on labeling the iPad as not for real work?
CDW are one of the US’ leading providers of technology and infrastructure to businesses of all sizes. So when they share their latest survey data on tablets – and iPad – adoption in the enterprise with me, I’m interested right away.
And their latest data offers further evidence of the iPad’s growing momentum in the enterprise arena. Here’s some of their findings from the latest CDW IT Monitor:
Nearly six in 10 IT decision-makers reported tablet computer use in their organization, with 61% of those choosing Apple’s iOS over other mobile operating systems.
85% of IT decision-makers see implementing tablets as an opportunity to increase productivity.
Of those who have not incorporated tablets, 31% are planning to employ them within their organization in the next six months. If this figure holds, it would mean tablet use in more than 70% of businesses by October.
The only surprise in those numbers is the 61% figure for the iPad in terms of tablets in use. Although that’s clearly the majority, it still seems a low number, given the near non-existent competition there’s been for the iPad so far.
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Griffin’s latest iPad accessory is their first offering in what they call the Business Solutions Sector. It’s called the MultiDock and it’s a charge and sync station for up to 10 iPads.
The MultiDock is said to boast both a compact footprint (less than a laptop’s) and toughness to ‘withstand the rigors of workplace, classroom, and institutional use’.
Here’s a little more on how this is targeted:
“The MultiDock delivers plug-and-charge convenience in a compact footprint that adapts easily to classrooms, offices, healthcare facilities and other settings,” said Mark Rowan, President of Griffin Technology. “With Griffin’s Business Solutions, we are excited to provide the most complete power, protection, security, connection and application solutions for enterprise users.”
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Among the most common off-target criticisms leveled at the iPad is the idea that it’s just a toy or purely a device that appeals to consumers; not a serious, business-grade device.
Well, that does not appear to match the view of enterprises and organizations round the world who are rolling out the iPad at large scale. In fact, the list of just public deployments (probably just the tip of the iceberg) already extends to some 458 organizations who are deploying close to 122,000 iPads – according to Eric Lai of UberMobile, who (along with Jim Siegl) maintains the excellent iPad Deployment List.
The list just won’t stop growing. There are now 458 organizations deploying nearly 122,000 iPads (and as I’ve repeatedly noted, this is only a list of public deployments, meaning it is a HU-UGE undercount) … That is 25% growth in the number of organizations in just three months.
There are some mighty impressive names in that list – including SAP, Walt Disney, The Financial Times, GE, and NASA. The list also shows the breadth of iPad’s reach – from major enterprises, to the healthcare industry, to education and government orgnanizations.
As much as some rival tablet makers would like to imply that the iPad is just a hit with ‘personal’ users, it’s just not the case. It’s appeal in the business arena is looking every bit as strong as in the consumer space.
Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology reported a 64 percent increase in the iPad’s share of all device activations over the past quarter among its more than 2,000 companies deploying mobile devices. .
Good provides push messaging, device management and security products for corporate mobile users, serving as an alternative to RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server. As such, Good supports mobile platforms outside of RIM’s own, including Microsoft’s Windows Mobile, Symbian, and adding relatively new support for iPhone and Android in December of 2009.
After a full year of supporting its Good for Enterprise solution on both the iOS and Android platforms, Good now reports that iOS devices represent more than 65 percent of all new device activations in the winter quarter of 2010, up from 56 percent last quarter. iPad itself has grown from 14 to 22 percent of all device activations over the same period.
That’s from a report this week at Apple Insider (text highlights are mine) that gives more evidence of how much momentum the iPad seems to have in the enterprise space. Good Technology are a major player in this area, so there numbers should be quite a good indicator.
And that 22% (of all device activations) is a pretty striking number for a device that hasn’t yet been available for even a year.
News Via: Apple Insider