Getting Macs into businesses despite the IT department

“Years ago computers were first bought mostly by companies to help with getting the jobs done. Next, after some time and the prices started coming down, company workers who saw how they worked at their job decided to get one for home “to do some work at home,” so that they could “get ahead” at work. Getting a computer for work and home is almost standard practice today among Americans,” Dennis Sellers writes for Macsimum News,

“But recently with all of the problems with Microsoft’s Windows problems and headaches more and more people are either switching from Windows to Macs at home or seriously considering switching. The reason? They see and experience all of the problems that they and their IT department has with the computers and the sometimes draconian way the IT department handles ‘new requests’ for changes to a worker’s computer; it becomes a fight to get things done. Some of the draconian ways the IT department handles things are necessary because of the lack of consistencies by company personnel, but this also prevents better tools like the Mac and Linux to break through the IT Windows shield,” Sellers writes.

“So more and more company employees are ditching their Windows computers and buying Macs for home,” Sellers writes.

“Is this the end of the issue? No. Because what we’re now seeing is that because of the downsizing, rightsizing, and other aspects of corporate shedding of jobs is that now the these workers are ‘thinking for themselves’ and switching to Macs because they know the problems they could have if they bought Windows for their own home and start up businesses,” Sellers writes. “…An interesting trend with the home purchases of Macs is that some of those hard-working people that are still working in corporate America are beginning to see what all older Mac users see: the myth that Macs are incompatible with Windows just isn’t true. They have been using their Macs at home for a while and are seeing how Macs can be favorably used in their work situations. They’re beginning to take their Mac laptops from home into work with them. They not only enjoy working on a Mac, but since they have fewer problems they’re able to get things done quicker on them at work.”

Sellers asks, “Would you rather take 30 steps to get something done on a Windows computer or about half that on a Mac? Then there are those who don’t use their work computer for much and don’t use all of its features because it’s too difficult to try to find out how to get something done or to get an answer to do a task. And some folks are simply tired of the number of reboots on a Windows system compared to a Mac. All these things result in saved time when using a Mac. It also means that employees are more productive when they’re happier—and that saves money for the company. Most of the problems come from the IT departments who see managers and directors buying Macs and tell them ‘so you bought into Apple’s marketing schemes’ when they bring in their Macs from home. But will upper or senior management listen to these cries of wanting better quality from the computer purchases?”

Sellers argues that Macs will come through corporate America’s back door in his full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: There are many other reasons why the “IT guy” doesn’t want to discuss Macs, from job security to quite powerful psychological issues. More on the latter here: Defending Windows over Mac a sign of mental illness.

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32 Comments

  1. Microsoft, yes Microsoft, makes a great Remote Desktop Clint for Mac OS X that costs nothing. It will allow you to remotely access Windows 2000 & XP Pro PC’s and Microsoft servers from your Mac. It works well and gets the job done. Unlike shareware or 3rd party solutions, IT cannot claim it won’t work well with Windows as it is made by MS and certified for their software.

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  2. I’m the lone Mac user in a sea of pcs here in my office. Couldn’t be happier! Well, okay, I would be more happy with a quad-G5 on my desk instead of the G4 iMac… ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  3. I was told I couldn’t bring my MacBook Pro into work because we have a policy against bringing personal laptops in due to the possibility of infecting our networks with viruses. Then again, we don’t use Linux because free can’t be any good.

  4. Interestingly, Apple has been using SAP for quite a few years. Do you suppose they are using PC’s to run it? No.

    SAP is the largest ERP vendor (neck in neck with Oracle) and they do have and provide a Mac GUI for OS X (although I have never used it myself). Given that Ellison has always had a friendly relationship with Jobs, if Oracle does not support Macs, I am sure they could be persuaded to do so. All in all however, I would agree that many Enterprises running an ERP system “think” that Macs will not work in their environments simply because IT it not really interested in their user’s productivity, but more interested in maintaining their own self interest. Ironically, each time I get involved in a new SAP project, we go through a litany of meetings regarding “security”, but never once does anyone point out the insecurity of Windows.

  5. THE reason technogeeks and IT pros don’t like Macs is because in a Mac-less world or company they are quite special. In the Windows-only world they have special, exclusive knowledge that separates them from everyone else, gives them “status, makes them feel “NEEDED”, and “in the know”, the guy (or girl) that “has all the answers”, the “go to guy”, the person all family & friends rely upon. This is oh so very real, and quite far from being insane. The thing of it is, many don’t even know that’s the overriding reason for their preference for Windows, and contempt (often hatred) for all things Apple. Throw in the fact that Apple’s products are ‘cool’, and they view Mac users as ‘cool’ style over substance people, the popular crowd, the A-list being about 5% of a high school’s population.

    Well, one by one my family & friends have switched to Macs, and those who dragged their feet got used Macs for Christmas or birthdays, complete with shareware to make the Apple menu equivalent to the Start button, Butler on the Menu Bar the equivalent to the Quick Launch area, and the dock configured to be the running application switcher. (Only one recipient ignored the Mac in favor of their PC – until it came time for the annual hard drive reformat & fresh XP reinstall that I kept putting off – for 2 months. Eventually, when the hardware crapped out it came to time to purchase another computer. Well, he kept putting off the purchase, and started using the Mac I gave him . . . to this day.) As such, my friends & family don’t call me as often, don’t invite me for dinner as often, my importance diminished to that of any other friend or family member. Apart from the occasional Mac question I’m not burdened with their problems anymore, I no longer feel as special and – I do miss being needed.

    Ah, but the pluses do outweigh the minuses. Besides, to this day I enjoy their gratefulness, and the permanent status of being the one who took the thorn out of the lions’ paw.

    MDN word, “really” as in “really”

  6. I’ve never posted on here before, but this article just hit home. I work in the small art department of a much larger company and last week they informed us that within a few weeks they will take away our macs and we will all be forced to used PCs. (I may actually quit if this comes to fruition!) I’ve been looking for some good non-bias info to present to our worthless IT dept to convince them that macs are certainly not the root of all evil like they make it out to be. Its not that I can’t use a PC, its that I simply don’t want to!

  7. Make an all in one imac with a standard 17″ and 19″ screen (not cinema widescreen which is a pain for office applications), option out the airport and Blutooth (for security purposes), strip the iLife software, and sell for $999 ($100 more than the educational model). I’ll buy 50 as workstations tomorrow.

    Without that, I’m going from 100% Apple to half Apple (for mini cpu’s) and half Samsung (for monitors) and will put up with the silly power brick and wiring, continue to lock down Airport and Blutooth, and throw out the iLife software.

  8. IT has never had the best interests of the user at heart — NEVER. IT views workers the way liberals view voters — people that don’t know what’s best for them, people who are fit to be ruled, people who can’t handle freedom, and people you can never trust. For the IT royalty, it’s all about making themselves look good when they are just kings of nothing. All that byzantine data they carry around in their minds, what is it good for? It is good for social prestiege, because the actual utility of making an old jalopy of an OS work is practically nil. The truth is you will not find a more hidebound, mentally straitjacketed group of people anywhere in the world except as Islamic theologians.

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