Financial Services Leads Way in iPad Adoption

Financial services firms are embracing the iPad in their organizations faster and with more enthusiasm than the next three ranking industries combined, according to a new survey by mobile device management software developer Good Technology.

Almost 37 percent of financial services firms queried said they had deployed between one and 1,000 iPads in their organizations, easily outpacing IT companies (11.4 percent), healthcare organizations (10.5 percent) and legal firms (8.8 percent).

"We believe these industries are embracing the iPad because its unique design makes it easier to perform time-sensitive, mission-critical tasks," John Herrema, Good's senior vice president of corporate strategy, said in a statement.

Good Technology surveyed more than 4,000 of its enterprise customers ahead of the release of its updated Good for Enterprise mobile security and mobile device management app at the Apple App Store.

Conceived as a consumer device, Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iPad is increasingly finding traction in the enterprise, giving employees and IT administrators an alternative to laptops and notebooks for day-to-day activity.

BoxTone, another device management app provider, last week reported that 73 of more than 800 enterprise companies and government agencies surveyed said they plan to deploy the Apple and other Apple iOS devices in the next year. And 25 percent of those said they would begin their iPad deployments immediately.

"The iPad could be part of one of the biggest IT asset expansion and replacement waves of the last two decades," Alan Snyder, BoxTone CEO, said in the report. “Companies are just now budgeting for large scale rollouts in 2011, with most organizations viewing the iPad as a high-value application delivery platform."

Surprisingly strong enterprise interest in tablet PCs has device makers and developers racing to push out so-called "iPad killers" with lower price tags, beefed up security and mobile management features and support for the productivity and collaboration apps that enterprise clients demand.

Government and public-facing organizations ranked fourth on Good's iPad adoption survey at 8.3 percent followed by the wholesale/retail industry and entertainment/media firms at 4.4 percent and 3.1 percent, respectively.

The Redwood Shores, Calif.-based vendor's new iPad app offers secure, real-time push synchronization of Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino email, calendar and contacts.

Larry Barrett is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.


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