by Molly Vaughan, CRM Expert
In another major display of their support for mobile technology, SAP announced this week that it has provided 1,000 of its employees - about 2% of the total workforce - with iPads. These iPads come equipped with VPN technology, BusinessObjects, and the new Mobile Sales for SAP CRM app.
Eric Lai at ZDNet wrote more about this in his UberMobile blog yesterday, and you can read the story here. One of the most interesting parts of this story is that it's estimated that this may be the largest deployments of iPads to a workforce yet - and that includes Apple itself.
Overall, it sounds like this is a two-fold strategy for SAP: they are making a very forward-thinking move (and a big one - so it's bound to grab some headlines), and they're also testing the usability of the Mobile Sales iPad app. SAP claims that they'll be distributing even more iPads soon (according to a cryptic tweet by CIO Oliver Bussmann), so it'll be interesting to see how its employees react and if tablet technology changes the way SAP works.