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Chart: Top 100 iPad Rollouts by Enterprises & Schools (Updated Oct. 16, 2012)

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | August 31, 2012 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility,Sybase News | Comments (0)

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As part of my research mapping the largest iPad and other tablet deployments by schools and universities, I also updated my list of the largest publicly-known iPad deployments, including companies, governmental agencies, etc.

Notable additions include Coachella Valley Unified School District, one of the poorest districts in the US, which has deployed 4,000 iPads, and may, depending on outcome of Nov. ballot, deploy another 16,000, according to Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams.

Long Island University, one of the first large deployments on my list, will soon be up to 19,000 iPads. Conde Nast has 5,000 iPads. In Minnesota, West St. Paul has 1,550 and Minnetonka High School has at least 1,000 (thanks to Eric Simmons, director of technology at New Ulm Schools). 

There’s also Lincoln School in Costa Rica (1,464 iPads), Croswell-Lexington Schools (MI) with 1,700 iPads, East Allen County Schools (IN) with 7,780 iPads, Roche (formerly Genentech), now up to 13,070 iPads, McAllen School District in Texas (moved from 5,000 to 25,000 iPads deployed), Clinton Public Schools (now up to 1,350 iPads), Encinitas Union (upgraded to 4,500 from 3,700 iPads), Abilene Christian University (Texas), Eanes ISD (Texas), the Leeds School of Medicine and Essa Academy (UK), Hult International Business School, Ft. Bend ISD (Texas), Prince George’s County Schools (Maryland), Rochester (MN) School District, Mansfield County Schools (Texas), Vancouver & CDI Colleges, Beaufort County (GA) schools, Farmington (MN) schools, Muncie (ID) Community Schools, Encinitas Union (CA) Schools, Hopkins (MN) schools, and many, many more.

(Many thanks to my tipsters including Dr. Adams, Charles Clickner, head of technology at Lincoln School, Theo Kerhoulas, principal at Croswell-Lexington Schools, Kurt Dager in the IT department at East Allen County Schools, Paul Lanzi, Roche manager for enterprise mobile applications, George Saltsman, director of mobile learning at Abilene Christian University, Kevin Hime, superintendent, Clinton Public Schools, Mike Guerena, tech director at Encinitas Union, Jill Burdo, tech integration specialist at Ramsey Middle School (MN), Yousuf Khan, CIO of Hult Intl. Business School, Brett Belding, senior IT manager at Cisco, Thomas Burgess of Lexington School District One (SC), Cathleen Richardson of Apple, and anyone else I might have stupidly forgotten.)

Indeed, nearly 70 out of my top 100 are K-12 schools. 

Besides the new schools on the list, the major differences with this version are:

a) I’ve expanded it from 50 to 100;

b) I’ve changed the way I’ve embedded the list, hopefully making it more attractive and readable.

If you want to copy and paste the below data but are having trouble, please visit the Google Spreadsheet.

Check out my entire list of iPad deployments here, and my Android list here.

Oh, and please send any missing deployments to me via or via Twitter @ericylai.

Apple’s iPhone Sales Were Weak Because The Chinese And Big Businesses Love It [Huh?]

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | July 25, 2012 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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Let’s keep a little perspective. Apple still sold 26 million iPhones in its fiscal Q3, up 28% year-over-year, worth $16.2 billion, up 22% year-over-year. The strongest challenger to the iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S III smartphone, has been sold 10 million times two months after launch, but that was after months of pent-up demand and stellar reviews.

The normally overexcitable stock market is certainly keeping its collective head. As of mid-day, Apple’s stock is only down 5% on above-average trading. You’d think after what you read on Techmeme yesterday that AAPL would look like this:

China Syndrome

Some are blaming Europe for iPhone weakness. But if you’re going to point to a region, point to China, where sales fell 28% to $5.7 billion in Q3 from $7.9 billion in Q2.

People forget that Apple hugely ramped up iPhone sales in China at the beginning of the year. It launched the iPhone 4S at Apple Stores in Beijing and Shanghai in January. January/February is when Chinese New Year occurs, when workers get their annual bonus (usually at least several months worth of pay) plus several weeks of vacation. It’s really the closest equivalent to Christmas, with lots of gift giving. And what better gift for a young urbanite than an iPhone?

Also, Apple officially began offering iPhones via a second carrier partner, China Mobile, at the end of Q2. With 129 million subscribers on its CDMA network, China Mobile is like the U.S.’s Verizon. As a result, its iPhone shipments in China in fiscal Q2 were up 5x year-over-year. Yes, 500%. And don’t forget that China is Apple’s second largest market in the world.

The net is that Apple’s iPhone comparables for Q3 vs. Q2 in China were impossible to match. But few analysts seemed to notice the China situation, despite Tim Cook openly talking about it.

Virtually, all of the $2.2 billion sequential revenue decline, was due to iPhone sales in Greater China and about half of that $2.2 billion is attributable to changes in the channel inventory not the underlying sell through of the iPhone.

No, let’s blame the euro crisis or the housing market or Obama/the Fed because that’s trendier.

Enterprise Savvy

For my other argument, I’m going out a little on a limb, using circumstantial evidence, albeit what I consider strong evidence.

There is no doubt that enterprises are buying up iPhones. Not being brought in by BYOD – that’s more of a tablet/iPad phenom – but being bought up by IT and deployed as a standard device, often replacing BlackBerries.

For instance, Good Technology reported today that among users of its MDM software, the iPhone dominated Android, with 62% share vs. Android’s 37% share of smartphones.


Or as Cook said:

We estimate that the number of iPhones in the Fortune 500 has more than doubled in the past year…PepsiCo has deployed thousands of iPhones with an in-house app build specifically for their field merchandisers. This app has eliminated paper reports and provides real-time information to managers, sales teams and delivery drivers.

German insurance provider ERGO has built an in-house app for iPhone that thousands of agents use to process insurance claims, which has significantly reduced paper work and improved processing time and customer satisfaction.

The good thing about enterprise deployments is that they are huge. The bad thing is that CIOs and IT managers are savvier than your average consumer (slap yourself on the back if you’re in IT). You know exactly when smartphones are introduced, and the effect of timing on refresh cycles and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). And you are plugged into the rumor mill about the iPhone 5, as evidenced by your reading this and other blogs.

It doesn’t take that many Fortune 500 CIOs to wait for the iPhone 5 to cause enterprise iPhone sales to become unfavorably “lumpy” for Apple.  If this is a significant factor, I don’t think Apple would admit to it, as it would show a crack in the façade of broad enterprise embrace of the iPhone.

Any readers working in IT who want to confirm or disconfirm that this entered into your decisionmaking about whether or not to deploy iPhones this quarter?

Still, I think the broad narrative holds true – enterprises are still embracing the iPhone. But as it becomes a significant segment for Apple, expect Apple to experience more seasonality in sales as enterprises try to time their buying and refresh cycles to gain maximum TCO.


Chart: Enterprises that are Deploying Android Smartphones & Tablets

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | June 19, 2012 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility,security,Uncategorized | Comments (2)

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(Updated June 18, 2012) Without question, more enterprises are rolling out iPads and iPhones than their Android counterparts today. But there’s finally some large-scale Android deployments to talk about. (more…)

Gartner: SAP, Syclo Are Leaders of Mobile App Development Platforms

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | May 2, 2012 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility,Sybase News | Comments (0)

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I’m gonna knock you out. Mama said knock you out…Gartner just released its Magic Quadrant report (read the full report for free here) on the best Mobile Application Development Platforms. (more…)

iPad and Tablet Market Forecasts for 2012 and Beyond [Charts!]

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | March 28, 2012 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (1)

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(Updated April 20, 2012) I’ve aggregated, crunched and charted the public forecasts of the tech industry’s brightest analysts to see where they think the market for iPads, Amazon Kindle Fires and other Android tablets is headed.


Three Ways Your Company Can Extend the Lifespan of its Mobile Devices

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | January 31, 2012 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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Kyle Wiens is the co-founder and CEO of iFixit, whose Web site you might have visited to read its funny and geekily-detailed teardowns of new gadgets, to download instructions for self-repairing that iPhone you dropped into the toilet, I mean, bathtub, or to buy screens and screwdrivers for the aforementioned repairs.


Four Keys for RIM to Execute a PlayBook-led Turnaround

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | January 25, 2012 in Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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What a difference a device makes.


Why this $90 Billion UK Insurer is High on BlackBerry PlayBooks

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | January 20, 2012 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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The dream of the Paperless Office progresses slowly. But in one front in the War Against Dead Trees, a British insurance firm hopes to make leaps and bounds by using BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. (more…)

Razors and Blades: Nothing Wrong with the $199 BlackBerry PlayBook

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | November 29, 2011 in Mobile Industry,Mobility,security,Sybase News | Comments (3)

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I don’t think you can compare HP’s $99 TouchPads with RIM’s $199 PlayBooks. The former was a fire sale by a company exiting the (non-Windows) tablet business. RIM, on the other hand, is showing its firm resolve to stay in the tablet game.


SAP is Building its Mobile App Ecosystem – Fast

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | May 18, 2011 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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Hey developers – what seems like a more financially-rewarding bet: A) Building an iPhone consumer app that will, if you are lucky, generate the average of 20 cents per paid and free download?* Or B) building an enterprise app for the iPhone aimed at a hugely profitable industry (think oil and gas, or banking) with millions of employees where the going rate could be $10 per app or more?

How SAP Aims to Lead the Enterprise Mobile App Market

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | May 16, 2011 in Mobile Finance and Banking,Mobile Industry,Mobility,Uncategorized | Comments (0)

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SAP AG has long led three huge markets for enterprise applications: ERP, CRM and business intelligence. At SAPPHIRE NOW on Monday, SAP executives confirmed the firm’s naked ambition to take over the small-but-ready-to-explode market for enterprise mobile apps.

SAP senior vice-president Nick Brown showed off a slew of new apps in four areas: retail execution, general worker productivity, field service and analytics.

Available for iOS and Windows Mobile devices, the retail app helps salespeople better manage store inventory, audit for compliance reasons, and, ultimately, boost revenue, said Brown.

The field service app, meanwhile, was co-built with Cisco Systems. It includes Near-Field Communications (NFC) capabilities, video collaboration and visualization. It is being released on Windows Mobile immediately, with Android and iOS versions to follow.

The new apps add to SAP’s two previously-existing mobile apps, co-created with Sybase: CRM and workflow.

SAP plans to unveil 30 more apps within the next six months, said Sybase senior vice-president Raj Nathan.

They include apps in the areas of sourcing, human capital management, sales and service, cross-topics, vertical industry-specific apps and financials, said Brown.

Sybase CMO Raj Nathan: SAP plans to release 30 new apps in next six months.

In addition SAP also unveiled a trio of customizable mobile apps in the areas of expense management, time entry and system alerts.

SAP calls these ‘app accelerators‘, according to Jeff Chua, a manager in SAP Consulting, for two reasons.

First, while all of the other SAP apps are being built by SAP’s Mobile Business Unit housed inside Sybase, the app accelerators were built by SAP’s Consulting team.

More importantly from the enterprise point of view, customers do not license and pay maintenance for SAP’s ‘app accelerators’, but instead just pay for the cost of customizing and implementing them, said Chua.

All of the apps and app accelerators discussed above run on top of the Sybase Unwired Platform.

Similar to how Microsoft builds both platforms and applications on those platforms, SAP is aggressively pursuing partners to build apps that connect with its server applications and run on top of the Sybase Unwired Platform. In that way, it hopes to build a pie large enough to sate itself as well as its ecosystem.

SAP has already garnered support for this approach, with at least a dozen apps on display from third-party vendors.

One example was Accenture, which showed off two apps: a mobile app store and device manager for enterprises, and another app aimed at field service technicians.

Five Mobile Must-Sees at SAPPHIRE NOW 2011

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | May 10, 2011 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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SAP bought Sybase last year just weeks before SAPPHIRE NOW, so there was no time to bring a major mobile presence to the show. This year will be different, with SAPPHIRE NOW’s first-ever mobility campus.


How Many Tablets On the Market Today? North of 100 (Charts)

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | February 12, 2011 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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Management consultancy PRTM – imagine a boutique version of McKinsey or Boston Consulting – shared some very interesting findings about the tablet marketscape with me on the eve of the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona.

Eight Tablet Market Predictions for 2011 by ABI Analyst, Jeff Orr

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | November 18, 2010 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (0)

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Jeff Orr of ABI Research was one of my go-to analysts when I covered netbooks and tablets in my past life as a tech reporter. So I was pleased to speak to him again last week and get his thoughts on where tablets and other mobile hardware are headed next year. Here are eight of his predictions:


Managed Mobility Gets Even Better, Exposes Dithering IT Managers

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | in Mobile Industry,Mobility,security,Sybase News | Comments (0)

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Procrastination. I suffer from it, you suffer from it, whole organizations suffer from it. How else would you explain the many enterprises that are drowning in employee-owned smartphones and tablets yet have managed to avoid deploying Mobile Device Management (MDM) software, despite the increasing threat of data loss and theft?


Five Theories Why Microsoft Won't Support Windows Phone 7 for Tablets

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | October 13, 2010 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (2)

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As much as I like Windows 7 on my PC, I think that on a tablet, it will fit like a square peg in a round hole – at least for several years.

CTIA: More Analysts Weigh in on Price of BlackBerry PlayBook

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | October 7, 2010 in Mobile Data and Messaging,Mobile Industry,Mobility | Comments (1)

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It’s the greatest, geekiest reason for a bar brawl since Barney Gumble punched Wade Boggs for arguing William Pitt (the Elder) was a better prime minister than Lord Palmerston: how much should RIM charge for its coming PlayBook enterprise tablet?


Here comes the BlackBerry tablet! (pics!)

Eric Lai, Senior Writer | May 5, 2010 in Uncategorized | Comments (1)

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Let the CrackPad jokes begin. The past several days has seen multiple reports that RIM is working on a BlackBerry OS-based tablet device of its own, codenamed either Cobalt or, we rilly rilly hope, BlackPad. (more…)