iPads are booming in big business

January 27, 2011: 3:00 AM ET

For most companies, running a business from an iPad isn't yet possible, but the tablet is still taking an unprecedented and rapid hold on enterprise IT.

Despite what Apple COO Tim Cook says, I don't know anyone who runs their entire business on an iPad. Still, there's no denying that the touchscreen tablet has made leaps and bounds in the enterprise space since it launched last April.

According to a just-released survey from Good Technology (a software company that helps organizations manage mobile devices), almost a quarter of all the corporate devices it activated in 2010 were iPads. That's even more impressive considering the iPad accounted for exactly 0% of Good's activations at the beginning of 2010 (since it wasn't yet released). And Good seems to think 2011 will be even more fruitful for Apple's tablet.

"If 2010 was all about the consumerization of enterprise, 2011 will be the year of the tablet," John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology, said in a press release. "The iPad came out of nowhere to define this new category, and already we are seeing very compelling Android tablets entering the space, with more on the horizon." More

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