“The law firm Brookfields has undertaken a $165,000 Apple Mac upgrade as an internal IT audit over-rules a carefully considered move to PCs. Brookfields, a Mac user since 1995, has just bought 64 iMac machines and will upgrade the rest of its 145-strong network of machines in the next year,” Peter Griffin writes for The New Zealand Herald.
“It remains one of the larger Apple users in the country, running a network of Macs for all of its desktop computing needs,” Griffin writes. “For years the domain of desktop publishers, designers, trendy advertising agencies and schools, Macs are beginning to pop up more in the corporate environment.”
“Their price has dropped along with those of PCs, more software is becoming available that is Mac OS compatible and the aesthetics of Apple, which many consider to have the best looking product line up, is now more affordable,” Griffin writes. “Brookfields general manager Kevin Hall said the cost per desktop unit was lower. ‘Our IT staff numbers would need to double if we were to run the equivalent amount of PCs. “It is very easy to maintain a Mac network, we have just four staff who manage the website, intranet, staff training and support for 145 Macs.'”
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