“Not too long ago, ad agencies, design firms and other creative companies were about the only businesses that widely deployed Macintosh computers to their employees. But for a number of reasons, word of the benefits of Apple Inc. hardware — and software — on enterprise desktops is now spreading,” Seth Weintraub writes for Computerworld.
Weintraub’s list of reasons includes:
• Years of Windowsspyware, malware and virus headaches
• Learning curve and disparity of Linux distros
• Corporate applications ported to OS agnostic Web services
• Apple’s consumer lineup is falling into the hands of business decision makers and their families, and scoring well
Weintraub writes, “That last point, in fact, could become the biggest motivator for a platform shift in the next few quarters. Macintosh computers appear to be making market-share gains in the home, opening the door to similar success in the enterprise. But which Apple machines are appropriate for corporate use? Should IT managers focus only on the “professional” end of Apple’s offerings — the Mac Pro desktop machine or MacBook Pro laptop line? Or would an iMac, Mac mini and MacBook make as much sense for business?”
“There is no comparison between Apple’s ‘consumer’ machines and the consumer lines of its competitors. All of Apple’s machines are ready to move into the enterprise, depending on the job at hand. It’s a simple and elegant product lineup, highly customizable, and will be Apple’s seed into the business market — if IT decision-makers can get over their prejudice against equipment that’s traditionally been aimed at consumers,” Weintraub writes.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dion” for the heads up.]
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