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Employees Are the iPad’s Best Friend in the Office

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In the battle for tablet supremacy, enterprise is a new front with significant open ground. But here, as in the consumer space, Apple’s iPad has an early and very strong lead.

One example: SAP, which currently hosts the world’s second-largest corporate tablet deployment, according to Barclays. CIO Oliver Bussmann says SAP relies heavily on the iPad and the iPhone. The company currently manages 18,000 iPads, 13,000 iPhones and 2,000 Samsung devices (side note: SAP manages as many BlackBerrys as it does iPads).

The reason for the iPad-heavy breakdown, says Bussmann, is the so-called consumerization of IT. Now that the iPad meets a number of enterprise-level security requirements and supports mobile device management solutions, companies like SAP are embracing “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) programs that allow their employees to use the gadgets they use at home in the workplace as well. Bussmann tells Barclays that SAP currently supports about 4,000 BYOD devices, and expects to support more in the future.

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