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iPad Fever Hits SAP: 17,000 Units In Next 12 Months

SAP intends to dramatically expand its iPad rollout from the 1,500 employees who have the devices today to 17,000 by this time next year, equalling about 35% of SAP's global workforce, says computing.co.uk. And, not coincidentally, 17,000 iPads would match the number of Blackberries currently in use across the company.

SAP intends to dramatically expand its iPad rollout from the 1,500 employees who have the devices today to 17,000 by this time next year, equalling about 35% of SAP's global workforce, says computing.co.uk. And, not coincidentally, 17,000 iPads would match the number of Blackberries currently in use across the company.From the computing.co.uk news article, some compelling comments from SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann:

"We saw that the iPad presented a huge opportunity [to improve our sales environment], and it made sense that SAP should be ready to support the iPad and that we should embrace the mobile mindset," he said.

The CIO said that the tablet device's reboot time, weight, 3G support and size made it work in the corporate environment.

"All of the executives take it into meetings, it gives immediate access to all information, through access to email, the VPN, business intelligence and CRM," he explained.

"In terms of user experience, it's the best device on the market right now."

In a blog entry last week, we noted that Bussman had been quoted as saying that 1,000 SAP employees now have iPads. With the total now at 1,500, you don't need to be a biostatistician to deduce that iPad fever is spreading rapidly.

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