“One factor keeps getting pushed aside as we obsess over hardware progress: humans. Among the demands we make of new technology, raising human productivity should top the list. And although 128-bit registers have productive effect, usability has a magnitude more impact,” Tom Yager writes for InfoWorld. “That’s why Apple’s latest Macs and OS deserve a good, hard look as mainstream enterprise fare.”
“Apple accepts that raising user and administrator productivity is the responsibility of the core platform. As Macs achieve 64-bit ubiquity — a journey furthered by the September delivery of new 64-bit 17-, 20-, and 24-inch iMac one-piece desktops — and the Leopard (OS X 10.5) operating system/application platform stalks its way to a spring 2007 release, Apple is promising the benefits of next-generation nimbleness and power to the desks, laps, and consoles of users and server administrators alike,” Yager writes.
Yager writes, “Even non-Mac users acknowledge the advanced usability. So why do most purchasers of commercial and enterprise systems ignore Macs when they get serious about buying? In truth, the objections are well-known. Most have persisted for a while. Many are rooted in legitimate concerns, but others deserve push back, especially in light of Apple’s latest offerings. Read on, and decide for yourself whether you think Macs have earned — or will soon warrant — a spot on your enterprise short list.”
Yager tackles the following objections and misconceptions, doing some myth-busting along the way:
• “Macs are so expensive.”
• “A PC is a PC; who cares who makes it?”
• “It’s a proprietary platform.”
• “Why invest in OS X when Vista is going to wipe it off the map?” If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Steve Jobs is blushing. Apple Vice President Bertrand Serlet held the keynote audience at Apple’s 2006 Worldwide Developer Conference in a state of disbelief with a presentation showing that Vista’s design is rooted in OS X Tiger to a degree that even a die-hard Mac zealot would find incredible. When Vista ships, Apple will be delivering all of its new Macs with OS X Leopard. And if you’re hung up on Vista, the third-party Parallels Desktop will run it at blistering speed as a guest OS under OS X. There will be no vice versa in Vista’s favor.
• “I can’t manage a network of mixed platforms.”
• “OS X Server is unproven in critical, high-availability, and large-scale deployments. It’s an enterprise wannabe.”
• “Apple controls the availability of systems, parts, upgrades, and service.”
• “Apple’s got a smoke-and-mirrors hack that makes Macs run Windows.”
• “Apple’s product line is tiny. All other Intel OEMs focus on choice.”
• “Apple picked Intel when it should have gone with AMD.”
Full article here.