Tech Jobs Expert: Apple Mac skills increasingly important in IT jobs

“Once viewed as a plaything, the Macintosh is now the PC of choice for many hard-core technology professionals, and Macintosh skills are now an in-demand specialty among IT pros, rather than an afterthought,” Allan Hoffman, Tech Jobs Expert, reports for

“‘The Mac will be coming soon to a company near you, if it hasn’t already,’ says Brian Vaughn, executive vice president of Dataprise, a network support and IT solutions provider,” Hoffman reports.

The following factors have played a major role in the Mac’s resurgence in the IT world:
• When Apple released OS X, an operating system with Unix underpinnings, the Macintosh “got the attention of hard-core techno-geeks and began gaining mindshare and market share among them,” Vaughn says.
• The growth of the Internet and advances in networking technologies have removed some of the obstacles to combining disparate software and hardware, making hybrid computing environments more common.
• The popularity of the iPod and iTunes has generated a halo effect around Apple and Apple products, Vaughn says. With more and more people working from home, those with Macs and iPods need tools and support to connect their computers to non-Macintosh systems at the office.

Hoffman reports, “The about-face in attitude toward the Macintosh — and what it means in terms of the skills IT professionals require — was evident to Vaughn when one of Dataprise’s clients, with about 100 computer users, made it clear that the company needed to have adequate Macintosh know-how. ‘Unless you can support our Macintosh enterprise, we’re not going to be able to stay with you guys,’ Vaughn says Dataprise was told.”

Hoffman reports, “And now, with new Macs running on Intel chips, the Mac is capable of running not only Apple’s OS X and Unix, but also Windows. ‘This ability to have the best of both worlds on a single machine will result in further inroads of the Macintosh platform into the mainstream business environment — and increase the need for those who support company IT systems to be familiar with it,’ Vaughn says.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Wolfgang” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Mac-hating IT guys and gals will not enjoy this article. Perhaps they’d like a nice coffee mug to wash down their crow?

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  1. I just hope the idiotic IT people at the hospital I work for read this article. Last year when I asked for a G5 iMac to replace my POS HP PeeCee I begrudgingly use at work every day, I was told, “Macs are not allowed on the network – they will screw everything up.” When I asked why they believed this, I just got a Neanderthal-like grunt. It wasn’t even a price issue to them! So, now, everytime our network goes down due to a virus attack – twice since then – I send sarcastic-ass emails to the IT dept. Someday they will learn – NOT!

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  2. “”Macs are not allowed on the network – they will screw everything up.””

    Translation: We are too stupid and/or lazy to find out anything out side of what we already know (hands over ears) LALALALALALALALALALALALALALALACantHearYouLALALALALALALALALALA

    MW ‘anyone’ as in anyone can use a Mac exceot perhaps people who think they know everything.

  3. A short time ago I had a short contract to move some computers from a couple floors of a building to another floor of the same building.
    The tasks:
    => unlock them from their desks
    => unplug the pieces
    => pack up the peripherals
    => (someone else does the lifting)
    => plug them in (power, keyboards, net, etc)
    => power them up
    => lock them to their new desks

    Why did I get the contract? The were Macs and I have “Macintosh” on my resume. Like … PC folk can’t be relied on for ANY of the above? Or, maybe they DID have experience proving PC types are confused by such things as USB keyboards and Ethernet plugs?

  4. I’ve just switched our company to an Xserve, and it acts as a Primary Domain Controller for the 10 remaining PC’s on our network. Everyone else uses G5’s or PowerBooks. 45 days uptime so far (still running 10.4.5 Server, but I will update soon).

    No probelms with the Macs, a few Presets and the accounts were active. PC’s took forever and I’m still not sure HOW I did it, I just tried every trick & Google search I could think of and eventually they worked.

    That’s the difference. I KNOW how my Macs work, I can understand them. Settings change on-the-fly (ever tried assigning manual DNS servers to a WinTel? “You now have to restart your Computer!”), and I can see all my Mac’s via VNC with Bonjour. The PC’s have to be manually assigned IP addresses so I can keep track of them. They take AGES to reboot. They have WIZARDS for simple tasks. They give MEANINGLESS error messages like “There is a duplicate on the Network.” Duplicate what exactly? They require “Anti-Virus” software, which, if you think about it, is a placebo for the new, undiscovered exploits out there RIGHT NOW. They suck, basically.

    I use my time to find more efficient/better ways of using our tools (Macs), whereas PC admins use their time keeping theie networks alive (just).

    My $0.02

  5. “Funny how people who proclaim themselves so smart (IT folks) are among the most bigoted people on the planet.”

    No, I have met the most bigoted people on the planet on this site today. See the comments on the Apple Store article two slots down from this one. But you have a good point.

  6. “Funny how people who proclaim themselves so smart (IT folks) are among the most bigoted people on the planet.”
    Depends on the IT folk. I’m in IT but I’m lucky enough to support a company that is 75% Mac. But I agree, most IT people are complete A-holes when it comes to Macs/Unix/Linux.

  7. Educated IT folk appreciate the advantages of OS X and Linux (and use them where possible). Ignorant IT folk know nothing beyond Windows, and feel threatened by that which they know nothing of, thus their defence mechanism is to spout all the Mac myths they’ve ever heard.

  8. One more reason Apple should come out with a Groupware product to replace Exchange. Even though Kerio and Communigate Pro exist, they are a hard sell to replace Exchange. I’ve had better luck getting an Xserve for a database application, but replacing the email server is not happening.

  9. I work in a place that houses about 900 people. The PC/Mac distribution is about 70/30 (all admin uses PC’s. the scientists use Macs). We have 6 people in our IT dept. One of them works half of his time on the Macs, leaving 5.5 peope working on PCs. Do the math.
    What kills me is that I get people sent to me from the IT department when there are some Mac problems. Their comments? Macs are too complicated!

    Not bad for what was once called an idiot machine by the IT people.

    Sad day when a know-nothing grunt like me does the IT’s job for them.

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