(Updated Nov. 22) Surveys of IT pros declaring future iPad rollouts are nice. But what you want to see is proof that your enterprise and scholastic peers are walking the walk, not just talking the talk, right?
Recognizing that the iPad list maintained by myself and ed-tech consultant Jim Siegl - now up to 250+ organizations, by the way - isn't the easiest to sort, I've gone through and manually plucked the largest Apple iPad deployments to date. (Note: Long Island University, which was previously #2 on our list with 3,500 iPads deployed, has now rolled out 6,000. Look for more details soon.) Here goes:
|20 LARGEST iPAD DEPLOYMENTS (UPDATED NOV 22, 2010)|
|1||Long Island University||Higher Education||6,000|
|3||Seton Hill College||Higher Education||2,100|
|6||Deutsche Vermogensberatung||Financial Services||1,200|
|9||Chicago Public Schools||K-12 Education||736|
|10||Illinois Institute of Technology||Higher Education||600|
|11||Manatee County School District (Florida)||K-12 Education||543|
|12||State of Victoria in Australia||K-12 Education||500|
|13||Victoria Hospitals (Australia)||Healthcare||500|
|14||St. Andrew's School in Georgia||K-12 Education||480|
|15||University of Minnesota (College of Education)||Higher Education||450|
|16||Pinellas County School District (Florida)||K-12 Education||400|
|18||CA Dept. of Education||K-12 Education||400|
|19||Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop High School (MN)||K-12 Education||320|
|20||Garrett-Keyser-Butler Community School (Indiana)||K-12 Education||300|
|* To date - CIO Oliver Bussmann has said SAP may deploy up to 17,000 iPads|
|**Planned, but still ongoing.|
1) Educators are mad for the iPad, taking 12 of the 20 spots.
2) Certain geographies are over-represented:
-- My home state of Minnesota (Medtronic, the University of Minnesota and Gibbon Fairfax Winthrop High School).
-- The Australian State of Victoria.
-- Chicago, Illinois
3) Cashed-up financial services companies, which are usually early adopters, are scant (apart from Deutsche Vermogensberatung). BofA and Wells Fargos are on the larger list, though they've only confirmed small deployments. Is this due to secrecy? Any one have any tips?