Believe it or not, one company who should have probably known a lot better didn’t do a whole lot of pre-planning, and spent a ton of money on 14k iPads.
Here’s a portion of the report. The following quote comes from Gartner enterprises software research director Nigel Montgomery:
A company I spoke with last week bought 14,000 iPads for its management team, and 40 per cent of them had sent the devices back because they don’t have a clue what to do with them. The company never considered what the value was and what was going to be delivered [through the iPads].
So yeah, someone bought a ton of iPads and no one really knew how the company would go about using them. Either way, the company spent about $5.6 million on iPads, and no one really knew what they were supposed to do with them as far as using them in the workplace went. That’s also said to be a conservative estimate assuming that they are 16GB iPad 2 models without 3G support purchased after their price drop. Now, if they were top-of-the-line 64GB 4G iPads, we’re looking at something more like $11.6 million.
Well, someone sure learned their lesson, we hope.