Switching to Macintosh will save your business money

“A recent study done by The Yankee Group states that many small to medium sized businesses are wary of Microsoft’s motives. However, these same businesses often lack the resources or the courage to consider alternatives. After I helped a small business migrate to the Macintosh platform and their latest operating system, OS X, I believe that cost is a compelling reason for your business to consider the ‘Switch,'” Kevin Ledgister writes for OSViews.

“Yes, cost. Five years ago, I would agree with the masses that the initial cost of purchasing a Macintosh over a PC in the past was daunting. Study after study has shown that Macs present a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than PC’s, but those studies were done predominantly in the graphics and media businesses, where the extra power and features built into a Macintosh play a larger role. It is harder to justify those features when your needs are for mundane tasks such as word processing, email, Internet access, and spreadsheets,” Ledgister writes. “Today, the world is a very different place. You can purchase a Macintosh with a lot of features and standard software that is priced competitively with PC’s, especially the ones purchased for mundane business use. With lower prices, your TCO picture changes dramatically.”

Ledgister presents reasons why switching to Macintosh will save your business money:

– No viruses on the current Mac platform running the latest operating system. Compare this to over 80,000 viruses on a Windows PC all of which require expensive IT staff to patch, inoculate, and eradicate.

– Reduced support calls. With an easier-to-use interface and true plug-n-play, Mac users tend to do more with their computers, improving productivity, and quickly become experienced users, easily solving their own problems. In my surveys of businesses and institutions, it is not uncommon to find a single Mac technician supporting hundreds of Macs. Most businesses plan for one technician for every 50 PC’s and in many cases, that is stretching the limit.

– Longevity. Several research firms have studied the difference in platform life and in every case, reported longer life cycles for the Macintosh platform over the PC. A longer life cycle saves you hard cash as you need not replace your computers as often, or can re-use them in other ways.

Full article here.


  1. If Apple makes it deeply into small-mid businesses expect the Armageddon closing by.

    So much it is happening around Apple since months it is scary ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />
    2004 could be remembered in the next Apple anniversary as *the year*

  2. My boss has had three Vaios in 4 years and he used to give me grief about being a “Mac Loser”. I have noticed that since I have continued trouble and virus free for so long, he has gradually clammed up.

  3. So true!

    Amazing that for a group of people that are supposed to be so fiscally savvy, they are so pathetically clueless about buying the most cost effective computing tools available.

    Even if I wasn’t a Mac user already, one virus infection would be enough to get me to dump a PC network in a heartbeat. My time is just too valuable both literally and figuratively to put up with such an unproductive, insecure system as the Wintel product.

    I have found that most of the people that continue to praise this mediocrity even after repeated infections, crashes and overall low productivity, tend to place very little value on their personal time and lack even the most primitive creative talents. I guess to them, there really isn’t anything better than Windows. LOL!

  4. When I worked in a firm that used windoze, we spent on average about $200.00 per mo. fixing computer and networking problems. This was for 5 computers, all fairly new. Since starting my own firm (all Mac ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />), I haven’t spent one dollar on problems. Now I get to spend an extra $200.00 per month on me or on new software that I can make more money with, or saving for the next G?, so I don’t have to finance it like we did back there. It really does pay to have Mac, whether you are a large or small business.

  5. “A longer life cycle saves you hard cash as you need not replace your computers as often, or can re-use them in other ways.”

    Which is also a contibuting factor to Apple’s low quarterly market share. This is very often ignored. One way to make sure your quarterly sales look good is to build your products with “planned obsolesence”. Apple doesn’t do this, but they are punished because people don’t need to replace them as often.

  6. My buddy, a lawyer, has had 4 PeePees, I’m sorry, PCs in the last 5 years. I asked him why he doesn’t buy a Mac, and he didn’t have a good answer. He just shrugs. Then he tells me about the game he played in the office for hours to kill time. I know it is a sad existence, but at least it is not mine.

  7. I would also add that Macs make more sense for a small business looking to focus on business than does a Linux system. I am in the process of getting rid a Linux box I bought and replacing it with an older G4 because I know that the G4 is going to work, and, even if it does not, at least I know that I can fix the problem quickly. Working and fixing quickly has not been the case with the Linux. For me and my company — Macs all the way.

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