Apple critics repeatedly say the iPad is a media consumption device, and not really fit for the heavy lifting in the enterprise environment. But think again folks, because the iPad is working itself into some of the the largest companies in the world.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that 65 percent of the the Fortune 100 have either deployed or have pilots running with the iPad already. Meanwhile, Network World puts the number in the Fortune 100 as 80 percent and cites companies taking the iPad in, like Dupont, JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo. Company IT mangers like the increased security that comes with iOS 4, especially the application level encryption. And being able to remotely wipe the device is another plus.
I don't think Apple intended the iPad as a solution for big business, but increasingly, it's finding a way in anyway. Happily for Apple, Microsoft seems to have fumbled so far on delivering a tablet-ready OS. After promises in 2009 that tablets would be a top priority in 2010, nothing has been delivered. Meanwhile, BlackBerry, HP and Android have moved ahead with products or nearly-ready products to challenge the iPad. Is your company or business using iPads? Let us know your experiences in the comments.
[via Network World]