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iPad Is Failing in Enterprise, Says Another Dell Exec

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Last year, as Apple's (AAPL) iPad 2 continued to dominate the burgeoning tablet computer market, also-rans who weren't manufacturing the popular device or reaping massive profits from its runaway success heaped scorn upon the shiny product.

Dell's (DELL) global head of marketing Andy Lark expressed doubt that the iPad would succeed with enterprise customers. (It has.)

Eric Cador, the European head of HP (HPQ), boasted that the HP TouchPad wouldn't only become the number one tablet in the world, it would be "number one plus." (It wasn't.)

And Adobe (ADBE) CEO Shantau Narayen boldly predicted that the iPad would face increased competition from Android (GOOG) tablets by 2012. (Well, at least he was more level-headed in his claim.)

But despite the emergence of popular devices like Samsung's Galaxy Tab and Amazon's (AMZN) Kindle Fire, the iPad still remains the gold standard for the average tablet user and a growing number of enterprise users.

But that doesn't sit too well with Dell's Australian managing director Joe Kremer. He echoed company colleague Andy Lark in his dismissal of the iPad being suitable in the office setting. According to Financial Review, Kremer finds the iPad to be just a shiny toy.

"People might be attracted to some of these shiny devices but technology departments can't afford to support them," he told a media and analyst briefing in Sydney. "If you are giving a presentation and something fails on the software side it might take four days to get it up and running again. I don't think this race has been run yet."

It's probably safe to say that the race, indeed, has been going for some time. And Kremer might want to check iPad's enterprise numbers because they are definitely growing with no price point or technical gaffes getting in the way.

While the iPad's overall market share may have flagged slightly and promising upstarts running Windows 8 (MSFT) may be on the horizon, Dell simply doesn't have the track record to be talking smack any time soon.

After all, this is a company who released a tablet device that couldn't out-perform the BlackBerry PlayBook (RIMM).

(See also: Clumsy iPhone Videographers Get a Hilarious Smackdown and AT&T Falsely 'Upgrades' iPhone 4S to 4G)

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