A study released today shows that the financial services, technology and healthcare industries are seeing the greatest adoption of the iPad for business use.
The report came from Good Technology, a provider of enterprise mobility solutions, which analyzed its customer base, which includes over 4,000 enterprise customers, whose iPad deployments range from one to over 1,000 iPads. "We took a close look at our customers who have deployed iPad devices so far," said John Herrema, senior vice president of corporate strategy at Good Technology.
"We found that the financial services sector dominated, accounting for 36 percent of Good's iPad activations to date. The technology sector came in second at 11 percent, followed closely by healthcare at 10 percent. We believe these industries are embracing the iPad because its unique design makes it easier to perform time-sensitive, mission-critical tasks. Good assures IT departments that those tasks are accomplished via secure access to corporate data and applications giving them full IT management and control."
"By running Good on the iPad, we're giving our employees another device choice to easily perform their work from remote locations," said Nelson Saenz, director of IT for Active Interest Media, a Good Technology customer.
In addition to releasing numbers on enterprise iPad adoption, the company also released an update to its Good for Enterprise application in the App Store, an application tailored for the larger iPad screen and enhances IT department’s ability to secure and manage iPads in the enterprise.
The rapid rise of mobile computing devices as the preferred medium for connecting to private corporate networks has led to an increase in the associated risks and breaches of security concerning the IT infrastructure of enterprises. A report released earlier this year by InformationWeek Analytics showed that security is the primary reason companies deploy, or plan to deploy mobile device management, with four out of five business technology professionals saying smartphones will become more predominant in their environments.
According to a report released by RSA this past summer, the traditional model where IT controls the technological underpinnings of business processes is “quickly crumbling.” In the new model, users have a say in the technology tools that will be available to them for business purposes, and many of these tools are the ones they are already using in their personal lives.