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.