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BizReport : Trends & Ideas archives : June 01, 2010

Citrix: Businesses embrace iPads

The preliminary results of a survey by I.T. firm Citrix reveal that a large number of businesses expect to purchase iPads for their company and employees, and even more intend to support personal iPads.

by Helen Leggatt

citrix logo.jpgA preliminary tally of over 500 respondents to Citrix's survey of its IT customers has found that a whopping 80% intend to purchase and use the iPad for business. Even more (84%) said they will support personal iPads.

But what is it that businesses expect iPads to be used for? According to the survey:

- 90% said the iPad would be used for business email
- A close second was the ability to view, edit and create presentations
- Over 50% said the iPad would be used for online meetings and "to access critical business information"

The overwhelming benefit to using an iPad was, according to 90% of respondents, increased mobility to work remotely while 74% cited improved productivity and satisfaction.

"The high level of support for personal iPads seems to reinforce the notion that the iPad will be the door opener for BYOC at many companies. The fact that IT can safely provide access to company apps, data and virtual desktops without managing the device will make the iPad a game changer for business beyond just the form factor and features," wrote Chris Fleck, Vice President of Community and Solutions Development at Citrix, on the company blog.

"This device will provide the leading example of how IT can keep control of the data, apps and compliance yet enable their users to maximize their choice and productivity from anywhere."

Apple announced yesterday that sales of its iPad have now exceeded two million in less than 60 days since its launch on April 3, 2010.

Tags: business technology, iPad, mobile Internet, survey

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