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iPads Popular in Enterprise Environment, Study Finds

Small and medium businesses are considering a move to adopt Apple iPads given the portability and functionality that the tablet device brings with it.

A new report from NPD reveals that US companies with fewer than 1000 employees are increasingly interested in buying tablets for their staff and Apple's iPads are understandably more appealing than other tablets currently on the market.

Business owners are determined to replace the old PCs with touchscreen, more portable and functional tablets. Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD, explain these tendencies, "The iPad, just as it is in the consumer market, is synonymous for 'Tablet' in the business market, leaving Apple poised to take advantage of the increased spending intentions of these small and medium businesses."

Baker also added that the preference for iPad is higher among medium companies with 501 to 999 employees than in other business categories. In 89% of the polled medium firms company officials declared they intend to purchase tablets next year. The average amount of money spent on these purchases is $38,749.

On the other hand, Apple representatives pointed out repeatedly that the major US companies, featured on Fortune 500 have a high iPad adoption rate, with about 90% of these companies already having or testing iPads in their work place.