Stephen Prentice, a VP and Gartner fellow, said in the report: "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. It is more than just the latest consumer gadget. CEOs and business leaders should initiate a dialog with their CIOs about if they have not already done so."
That's quite a turnaround for Apple in big business. Often IT departments shun Apple products. However, when the iPhone launched, CEOs around the world told their technical staffs that they wanted their corporate infrastructure to work with the iPhone. The same thing appears to be happening with the iPad.
Gartner is urging companies to work out a plan for widespread iPad support by mid-2011. Prentice added: "While there are no certainties, the iPad looks set to become a market-disrupting device, like the iPod before it. 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." Quite a vote of confidence, eh? Is the iPad sneaking into your company, or has it been invited? Share your thoughts and stories below.