updated 01:10 am EST, Tue November 16, 2010
4,000 Good Technology customers surveyed
A survey done by mobile enterprise app maker Good Technology of 4,000 of its enterprise customers has shown that the financial sector is adopting the iPad as a business tool more than any other single market, though high-tech and healthcare firms are also investing in the mobile device. The company credits the rapid adoption rate to the iPad's ability to perform mission-critical tasks on the go under secure conditions since the release of iOS 3, which had numerous enterprise-level features Good and other data-security firm have built on.
In the survey, companies who have deployed Good Technology's enterprise software for iPad were quizzed about what business sector they belonged to. The results of the survey are skewed by Good's own mix of users, but the company encountered at least some percentage of iPad use in almost every major category of business.
The financial sector was the most dominant, with 36.8 percent of firms surveyed identifying themselves in that sector. High-tech first accounted for 11.4 percent, followed by healthcare with 10.5 percent, the legal profession at 8.8 percent, and government or public-sector firms at 8.3 percent. The rapid adoption rate of the iPad is perhaps one of the more surprising results, given the traditionally conservative nature of technology adoption in that sector. Together, these categories accounted for about 75 percent of iPad use in the survey.