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Gartner pushes corporations to adopt iPad

updated 09:35 am EDT, Thu November 4, 2010

Calls for 54.8 million iPad sales in 2011

Research firm Gartner is encouraging the heads of major corporations to push for adoption or at least basic support of the iPad. "It is not usually the role of the CEO to get directly involved in specific technology device decisions, but Apple's iPad is an exception," says Gartner VP Stephen Prentice. "It is more than just the latest consumer gadget; and CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialogue with their CIOs about it if they have not already done so."

Companies need to ignore Mac vs. Windows arguments, claims Prentice. "Individuals are willing to buy these devices themselves, so enterprises must be ready to support them," he says. "While some IT departments will say they are a 'Windows shop', and Apple does not support the enterprise. Organisations need to recognise that there are soft benefits in a device of this type in the quest to improve recruitment and retention. Technology is not always about productivity."

The iPad is further portrayed as having "the potential to be hugely disruptive" to both the markets and business models of various enterprises. Aside from book and magazine publishers, Gartner posits everything from architectural firms and schools through to airlines and hospitals as being affected. "While there are no certainties, the iPad looks set to become a market-disrupting device, like the iPod before it," says Prentice. "Even if you think it is just a passing fad, the cost of early action is low, while the price of delay may well be extremely high."

Much of the argument rests on predicted iPad and overall tablet sales. Gartner is calling for sales of 19.5 million iPads by the end of 2010, and 54.8 million "media tablets" in 2011. By 2014, tablet sales are expected to pass 208 million units. Most iPad competitors have yet to launch; the first major rival, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, has only just launched in Europe and South Korea, and has yet to debut in North America.

by MacNN Staff





  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    are you listening?

    all you IT monkeys brainwashed by the cult of Microsoft?

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IT: Job Security is Job ONE!

    Job 2 is spreading FUD against and actively blocking adoption of any and all technologies that their masters in Redmond have not approved, where there is little or no profit to be gained just keeping them running.

  1. Sabon

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft is KNOWN for going around CIOs to CEOs t

    Microsoft is KNOWN for going around CIOs to CEOs to get deals done.

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    How about this?

    Before getting too carried away, how about some enterprise management tools for the iPad? These things are terrible to manage from an enterprise point of view.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Microsoft-swilling IT lackeys hate Apple...

    because anything made by Apple is not Microsoft-certified. These IT guys are Microsoft's best defense from Apple ever getting a foothold in corporations. I believe when they get Microsoft certification, they take a sworn oath to protect Microsoft and Windows to the death. "Yo, 100,000 Dell PCs and Microsoft Office for all employees, whether they want them or not. Haha." Not much room for anything else with that sort of attitude. I realize it's more difficult to support different brands, but then there can never be any changes made except by Microsoft.

    I'm glad Gartner is pushing the iPad, but I doubt if it will have much impact on IT staff unless the corporate CEOs come down and threaten the c*** out of them to change their evil ways. I'd be happy just to see a little change in policy and possibly give Apple a chance to show what it can do. I do get tired of hearing that Apple only makes toys for adults.

  1. sartor

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's the worried IT dept that stifles the iPad.

    ""While some IT departments will say they are a 'Windows shop', and Apple does not support the enterprise.

    This has been the case for eons. The IT departments are mostly Windows centric, and worry that if enough people see the iPad, and how it can be used in their corporation, then maybe management will eventually want easy to use/maintain/malware free Macs to replace their hard to maintain (Guaranteed IT jobs), and malware infested PCs..

  1. Mr. Strat

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Not a problem here

    Our university gives most people a choice when their time comes to have their computer replaced. The past couple years have seen more people switching over from the dark side.

    But now they're doing classes with iPads, and there's just no way manage them from an enterprise perspective.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mr Strat, Google is your friend

    Here is what I found by googling "ipad in enterprise"

    Deployment guide:
    Security Overview:
    Quote from the Security overview PDF:
    "Remote wipe
    iPad supports remote wipe. If a device is lost or stolen, the administrator or device owner can issue a remote wipe command that removes all data and deactivates the device. If the device is configured with an Exchange account, the administrator can initiate a remote wipe command using the Exchange Management Console (Exchange Server 2007) or the Exchange ActiveSync Mobile Administration Web tool (Exchange Server 2003 or 2007). Users of Exchange Server 2007 can also initiate remote wipe commands directly using Outlook Web Access.

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