As iPad 2 Arrives, Here Are Ten Vital Stats About iPad Enterprise Adoption

As iPad 2 Arrives, Here Are Ten Vital Stats About iPad Enterprise Adoption

Summary: As Apple releases the iPad 2, it's made plenty of headway into the enterprise, without even trying that hard.


It was easy to doubt the iPad one year ago, especially its enterprise mojo. That was despite surveys showing strong interest for using the iPad at work.

What a difference 400 days can make. As Apple releases iPad 2, here are ten factoids and statistics showing you just how popular version one of this product has been with both businesses and consumers alike.

1) There are now at least 366 enterprises and schools testing/deploying iPads in a mass way. This, no doubt, is a massive undercount.

2) That's 52% growth in the last 4 months.

3) 255, or 70%, are by either colleges or K-12 schools.

4) The next most popular vertical by public deployments is government, with 2.5%. Third is healthcare, with 0.6%.

5) That doesn't jibe with other surveys showing financial services to be the biggest user of iPads.

6) However, the truth is probably somewhere in between. Schools and government tend to talk about their iPad deployments, for PR and public-disclosure reasons. Banks see no good reason not to remain ultra-private, even as they roll out the fanciest gear.

7) But there are already equally massive rollouts to talk about. For instance:

- Membership has its privileges, as in the case of Korea Telecom giving away iPads to all 30,000 employees after "reviewing a proposal by its labor union."

- Thanks Santa! KLA-Tencor gifting iPads to all 5,400 employees in December 2010.

- Forget Harvard. Long Island University deployed 6,000 iPads to students, and may double that by next year.

- Hey boss: as part of its SAP Runs SAP initiative, my parent company has rolled out 3,500 iPads to employees along with a suite of business apps and Sybase Afaria on the back-end for security.

Here's the entire Top 40:

8) There are massive, massive iPad rollouts being contemplated. For example, all the K-12 students in Georgia. Every medical doctor (20,000+) in the Australian state of Victoria. The suits at Deutsche Bank. Etc.

9) Analysts, on average, expect about 32 million iPads to be shipped this year.

10) iPads will comprise about two-thirds of the entire market, analysts estimate (see previous link).

Topics: ÜberTech, Hardware, iPad, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

Eric Lai

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  • iPad the WinTel PC of the govt, enterprice, colleges or K-12???

    Very interesting! <br><br>These figures seem to suggest that tablets are very versatile in they range of application. Makes me feel that the people who dismissed them as toys are failing to realize that with the rate at which technology is changing these days <b>no one is ever going to take you by the hand and say this is how you use this new technology</b>. Tech savvyness as defined by the ability to adopt tech to your life is going to become a big contributor to overall IQ. <br><br>As for the iPad Apple seems to be ripping the benefits of <b>first mover advantages</b>. Now if Brain Aurthur's work on markets is correct it will be interesting to see if these first mover advantages will translate into <b>self-fulfilling and path dependent</b> dynamics that will entrench the device as the new industry standard <i>a la</i> WinTel PC. <br><br> I can only see the drop in the price of iPad 1 which makes it one of the <b>cheapest premium tablets</b> accelerating its adoption, especially, in colleges and K-12 schools, a few of which have now made it compulsory for students to have the device. One of the reasons why it is going to be difficult for entrants to beat Apple in the colleges and K-12 category is <b>the sheer volume of academic content on iTunes U</b> alongside the dominance of the iPod amongst this group. Though Khan University with over 1000, 15-30 min videos in maths and finance is accessible via the web am sure most students will find it easy to plug in an iPad/iPod and just click on download. <br><br>All in all very interesting story....
    • RE: As iPad 2 Arrives, Here Are Ten Vital Stats About iPad Enterprise Adoption


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  • Tablets are nice, but a form is not a useful tool.

    Oh sure education is solved by viewing 1000s of videos. Sorry, I'm not buying this example of content. Good hypertext books would be great and the tablet computer will become is a great and important platform for many applications, but until then tablets are going to be a (fast) growing and very useful platform while education content is still being developed, but such content will never be a substitute for teachers and students interacting.

    "However, the truth is probably somewhere in between."
    Why in between? Banks, Schools and Govt may all be talking a good talk (or someone selling them a bill of goods may be). I don't see how these examples would somehow be different than other institutions who all would be talking "for PR and public-disclosure reasons."
    • RE: As iPad 2 Arrives, Here Are Ten Vital Stats About iPad Enterprise Adoption

      @readerOfZDNet Actually, my point is that schools and government ARE willing to/forced to disclose their deployments publicly, as they are taxpayer-funded institutions. That's how we've been able to build my spreadsheet of 366 mass iPad deployments, along with the numbers of iPads deployed. I'm sure we're missing most of the bank deployments b/c of the privacy rules and competitive environments they exist in, and b/c lists compiled by vendors like Good Technology show that unnamed banks are deploying tens of thousands of iPads, none of which Jim Siegl nor I can document.
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      @readerOfZDNet <i>"Oh sure education is solved by viewing 1000s of videos.... such content will never be a substitute for teachers and students interacting."</i> Who said they are substitutes? It is the teachers who are recording their classes and posting them iTunes U.<br><br>Its almost as if you are trying to say something but are not really saying it. What are you defending? The post was about what pre-existing factors might accelerate further deployment of tablets not a creative thought exercise of what ought to be.<br><br><i>"while education content is still being developed" </i>The problem is, you have probably never used iTunes U. Download iTunes (if you don't already have it) and go to iTunes U and you will see that the content farm there is actually being actively cultivated by almost all of the top Universities. As early as 2006 Berkeley was publishing podcasts. Right now someone in Europe can subscribe to a semester course at Cornell, Oxford etc etc. I know someone who is preparing for a PhD who has been following the MIT course on Differential Equations and they have these downloaded to their iPhone. <br><br>Yesterday Professor Stephen C. Stearns's Course on Principles of Evolution, Ecology and Behavior was the highlight of the day on the Open Yale iTunes U courses. On the top downloaded list was Manganese, Periodic Table of Videos. <b>My point is simple, you are several years behind the time strip the content does not need developing its already there, right now, waiting to be downloaded in preparation for the next class.</b> So, with all this content and a form factor that is relatively affordable parents who have been willing to buy a $300 iPod touch are not going to sweat buying a $350 - $399 iPad, more so if it becomes a school requirement. Cheaper options will obviously meet that demand for lower income folk.
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