SAP to equip 17,000 employees with Apple iPads

Apple Online Store“Out here at the InformationWeek 500 Conference, I was talking last night with a few CIOs about the iPad and what it is that makes it so special: why lots of big companies in various industries are turning to Apple’s latest bit of wizardry,” Bob Evans reports for InformationWeek. “And as I listened to the wisdom of our audience, I think the answer finally penetrated even my thick skull: the iPad allows individuals and companies to do what they could not do before.”

Evans reports, “The iPad engages its users to move beyond mere productivity—applying technology to a something you already know how to do and delivering a more-efficient outcome—and into the realm of innovation by allowing people to create new ways of seeing things, new ways of presenting ideas, new ways of communicating, and new ways delivering almost every fathomable type of information, from business graphics to images to text to video… This is not just a new thing that Apple’s a little bit out in front with—this is a game-changer across multiple industries.”

“SAP CIO Oliver Bussmann plans to equip 17,000 SAP employees with iPads over the next 12 months,” Evans reports.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: With apologies to Axl Rose and Slash:

Welcome to the bloodbath
iPad’s got fun ‘n’ games
It’s got everything you want
Honey you know the names
It’s the device that can find
Whatever you may need
If you got the money honey
Apple’s got your disease

In the bloodbath
Welcome to the bloodbath
Watch it bring rivals to their sha na na na na na na na knees, knees
We gonna watch ’em bleed

They know where they are?
They’re in the bloodbath baby
They’re gonna die!

Down in the bloodbath
Welcome to the bloodbath
Watch it bring ’em to thier
It’s gonna bring ’em down
Ha!

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Travis L.” for the heads up.]

27 Comments

  1. With apologies to Dylan and Guns N’ Roses….

    Mama, take this Droid from me

    I can’t use it anymore.
    The 7” screen’s too small for me
    I think Eric Schmidt’s poopin in his drawers

    Eric’s poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers
    Poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers
    Poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers
    Poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers

    Stevie, I should’ve listened to you
    Droid tablets will leave you wanting more
    I should’ve bought an iPad or maybe two
    Instead I’m pooping in my drawers

    Eric’s poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers
    Poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers
    Poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers
    Poop, poop, poopin’ in his drawers

  2. @ Tetrachloride

    I think it already is. In desktops, the Mac always had competition (however worthy) from cheaper WinTel systems. Likewise, the iPhone had an intrenched BlackBerry to pry out of corporate user’s hands. The iPad stands alone, for a good long while yet, and the Android tablets are going to have to be a lot better than they are now to ever put up a real challenge. They can’t compete on price – this isn’t the high-volume cheapo box business. It’s one of manufacturing and component supplier efficiency the no one else can match.

    Welcome to the bloodbath, indeed.

  3. Well, the iPad is going to force the laptop price point as a PC purchase for business to become mute. Why buy a laptop when an iPad can cover nearly or all that a employee requires. Oh, at a lower cost. Then all that is required is a network connect and boom- IT has more Macs than PC’s.

    The real Trojan Horse is not desktop hardware, rather the mobile products.

    Just imagine what Apple has planned in two years. A cloud based office based on the iPad3?

  4. “This is not just a new thing that Apple’s a little bit out in front with—this is a game-changer across multiple industries.”

    (Hell yea)
    All Aboard my friends, the Train is Leaving the Station and it’s a one way Trip.
    Up up up, Etc etc. i guess u get the Message.

  5. If Apple is smart…and we all know they are…they have already been working on the iPad Pro.

    Specs: 15″ Retina Display Screen
    Hybrid OS-X/iOS operating systems
    Up to a 256mb SS Drive
    Up to 4-GB RAM
    Standard 3G Capabilities
    USB and later Lightpeak Port(s)
    WIFI
    Less Than 2 pounds

  6. “They can also remotely install and delete apps on the devices they’ve deployed without the user having to do anything (and I think remotely lock/wipe/locate/etc).”

    The feature has been available since iOS v2.0, and has been further improved in 3.0 and 4.0.

    Few people know about it, since it doesn’t concern them.

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