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SAP To Deploy Up To 17,000 iPads In 12 Months

SAP To Deploy Up To 17,000 iPads In 12 Months

Summary: The news that SAP AG has already deployed iPads to 1,000 lucky-duck employees, made a big splash over the American Labor Day weekend (see Twitter).Turns out that doesn't even begin to encompass the ambitions of my parent company (if you hadn't heard, Sybase was bought by SAP last month).

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The news that SAP AG has already deployed iPads to 1,000 lucky-duck employees, made a big splash over the American Labor Day weekend (see Twitter).

Turns out that doesn't even begin to encompass the ambitions of my parent company (if you hadn't heard, Sybase was bought by SAP last month).

SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann told Computing magazine today that the company could have as many as 17,000 iPads running inside SAP within 12 months.

Folks, 17,000 would equal 35% of SAP's 48,000-strong global workforce.

Even more significantly, 17,000 would equal the number of BlackBerries used inside SAP today.

So if SAP isn't, as I speculated, already the single largest corporate champion of iPads today, it's hard not to see it being so by September next year.

Bussmann also confirmed via e-mail that SAP actually has deployed close to 1,500 iPads today, not 1,000, and that the devices are being used primarily today by sales, marketing and pre-sales employees.

Finally, Bussmann said that SAP plans to take a close look at Sybase's market-leading Afaria mobile device management software.

Bussmann's 17,000-iPads-in-1-year target unfortunately overshadows some other very impressive enterprise iPad news.

German financial services firm Deutsche Vermögensberatung has already supplied 1,200 iPads to its 37,000-strong sales team, wrote CIO Christian Glanz in a comment to my ZDNet story.

That's 3.25% of DVAG's salesforce, or one of every 30 salespeople.

Also, my compatriot Ian Thain blogged today that 4 leading London insurance brokers plan to try out using iPads in their underwriting room. Besides Lloyds, the others include Marsh, Cooper Gay and RK Harrison Group.

I plan to soon post and maintain an ongoing list of enterprises testing and rolling out iPads. Readers, please send me any tidbits you have in that vein. Thanks!

Topics: UberMobile, CXO, iPad, Mobility, SAP

Eric Lai

About Eric Lai

I have tracked technology for more than 15 years, as an award-winning journalist and now as in-house thought leader on the mobile enterprise for SAP. Follow me here at ÜberMobile as well as my even less-filtered musings on Twitter @ericylai

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  • RE: SAP To Deploy Up To 17,000 iPads In 12 Months

    I guess SAP has the dough to do so. They trust the iPad more than Apple who [from an early article] has less than 1,000 deployed in the company. maybe Apple knows something we don't.
    Gis Bun
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  • Still too early

    Other touch-driven mobile devices will on the market in the next 3 to 9 months. What's the rush?
    CharlieSpencer
  • RE: SAP To Deploy Up To 17,000 iPads In 12 Months

    Wrong !
    Other touch and pen driven tablets were here long, long time ago.
    I guess, SAP DID see why they couldn't make it, AND how iPad could WELL be making it. It's called: "Paradigm shift" or "Quantum leap"; only handful can recognize the significance and others will wait 'till we copy them.
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