InfoWorld CTO: ‘we really do support and embrace Macs’

“If I learned anything from the feedback for my last column, it’s that Mac loyalists remain a passionate bunch. The e-mails I received had my head spinning faster than Fast User Switching in OS X. Clearly, the response would have been kinder if I had just been unmasked as a serial killer. I received generous helpings of ‘idiot’ and ‘dolt’ sprinkled with a ‘callous ineptitude’ here and there — all because I wrote about my warning to a new salesperson that he wasn’t going to get support for being the Lone Ranger of Macs in his PC-only department,” Chad Dickerson writes for InfoWorld.

“Despite the overzealous headline my editor placed above my column (Want a Mac? You’re on your own), which suggested that Macs were not supported at all at InfoWorld, I want to assure you that Macs are embraced and supported at InfoWorld in key areas. I suspect that InfoWorld is reasonably typical in that approximately 20 percent of our environment consists of Macs,” Dickerson writes. “As I’ve noted before, I love Macs, but I think Mac proponents need to rein in the blind passion to avoid offering problematic solutions in the name of Mac purity… When a PC-only app is absolutely critical, give that person a PC.

Dickerson writes, “Others said that if I more fully embraced open standards — the IT version of world peace, and who doesn’t want that? — I wouldn’t have to deal with the platform problem at all. Unfortunately, the reality of corporate IT intrudes. InfoWorld is more than 25 years old, and we are part of a larger global company that is nearly 40 years old. I am constantly pushing toward open standards with all our key systems; but we are still working with a few aggravating proprietary systems, and there is no magic wand to wipe them away immediately.”

Full article here.

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  1. doesnt anyone find this ironic??”

    InfoWorld CTO: ‘we really do support and embrace Macs’

    Related MacDailyNews articles:
    InfoWorld CTO ‘can’t afford to spend time supporting Macs’ – March 24, 2005

  2. For us, it’s Exchange server. The collaborative features and interoperability w/ Outlook are keeping us tied to MS. I support an Exchange 2000 cluster (~2000 mailboxes) and worlwide Active Directory (18000 user account) implementation. Of course, Exchange is dependant on Active Directory, which also mandates Microsoft DNS, throw in Group Policy, and we are absolutely locked into being an MS shop. It sucks. I’d love to see an end-to-end email/directory/Group Policy equivalent to MS that can scale to truly “enterprise” proportions. Until then, the best I can do is manage the mess with my Powerbook. Sad, really.

  3. Devnuff,
    You want something better than Exchange and Active Directory? Something that doesn’t force you into Microsoft Servers?

    Then you should have looked at Groupwise from Novell. And eDirectory which is what Active Directory is trying to be like. Can’t say whether Novell has much Mac support but they have embraced Linux big time.

  4. Novel supports Macs reasonably well. They’ve just released Groupwise 6 for OSX but unfortunatley my company’s windows users are all on Groupwise 5, so of course version 6 won’t talk to our server properly. Actually not at all. So me, one of the few Mac people in the building is actualy being held back when i could be moving forward.

  5. Heh! The place I contract as a VB6 programmer (an Australian State Government Ministry) is trying out a Mac mini, and we’ve successfully loaded it up with MS-Office, Groupwise 6.5 (the Mac/Linux Java client), SAP (Java client), a terminal emulator or two, a “Netware for Mac OS X” client, and Firefox. The only place I’m having trouble is in integrating OS X and eDirectory (no prior knowledge and few instructions – any tips appreciated!)
    Today’s reminder that Microsoft ended support for Visual Basic on March 31, 2005 has me also building a case for a REALbasic or PHP conversion of our VB6 database front-end. The IT guys are quite supportive and positive towards the Mac!

  6. I need a good project managment software for Mac. I hate to use the Microsoft Project.

    I need also a Apple made replacement for the Office package (especially for the notExcel). SAP has to make it´s server software to Mac.

    Did you here me Santa Claus?!
    I need this for xMas!

  7. Rogish smurf… you are correct. I should have been more specific.
    We have a ERP/CRM solution customized for our industry.
    Although the larger solution vendors (SAP, etc.) do have a solutions that will work in a hetrogeneous environment, the solution for us is tied to Winblows. Unfortunately, it is a smaller developer, and they do not have the resources to develop for cross platform (let’s face it, non M$ platforms).

    The problem is for SMBs (Small to Medium size Businesses)often got tied to a niche market developer that specialized in their industry. The marketshare dictated that they build on Winblows.

    Another issue is legacy data. Even if we were to switch, we would have to maintain the “old” Winblows servers for historical data.

    In addition, many of the power users (in my case the Accounting Dept) has spent years learning the system and would stronly resist the change. Furthermore, anyone who has deployed a new Enterprise app is aware that users don’t adapt…they complain. They will find the littliest thing the old system did and point out how inferior the new software is in comparison.

    They was an old adage, “No one gets fired for choosing IBM” in the IT community. Unfortunately the mantra has shifted to our friends in Redmond.

    It is a tougher battle than people think. You cannot just walk in one day and say, “Okay, we’re going Apple!” and wait to see everyone’s face light up.

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