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The iPad as capitalist tool

December 9, 2010: 10:23 AM ET

If Apple's tablet is so great for business, what's holding up the big deployments?

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Medtronic bought 4,500 iPads for its sales and marketing teams. Boston Scientific bought 2,000. SAP bought 1,000.

Okay. But where are the rest of the four- and five-figure deployments?

According to Apple (AAPL) COO Tim Cook, 65% of Fortune 500 companies are either testing or deploying iPads. But from the reports we've seen so far -- including the seven businesses profiled on Apple's website -- there's a lot more testing than deploying going on.

Source: Citrix

In this regard, the results of a survey published Tuesday by Citrix (CTXS), a Florida-based networking company, are instructive. Of the nearly 5,000 Citrix customers polled, 46% said they use an iPad every day (18% for so-called "mission critical" activities) and 62% said they planned to buy one.

But when asked whether their company was going to purchase iPads, 57% answered no.

Some of the reasons given include:


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