Computerworld: Apple’s ‘consumer’ Macs are enterprise-worthy

Apple Store“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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43 Comments

  1. I have been an “IT decisionmaker” for well over 10 years and I can assure you that the only prejudice I harbor is actually AGAINST the likes of Dell and Microsoft. Specially Microsoft, of course.

    As a matter of fact, we only have one server, one laptop and one desktop configured with Windows for compatibility testing. Everything else is running Mac OS X. We do have Office, but probably not for long. There are a few users (including myself) who have “opted out” of the Office installations and they’re doing well. In fact, better than those who have the misfortune to keep their Office installations.

    One more thing… all our employees who came from the Windows world in their previous jobs have liked working on the Mac so much that they have dumped their home PCs and replaced them with Macs as well.

    I’ve compared notes with IT administrators of Windows based installations and have concluded that even the notion that Macs are costlier in the long term than their Windows counterparts is not based on fact. In the short term, maybe. But definitely not in the long term.

    Yet another corporate myth waiting to be debunked.

  2. If I ever get a business of the ground, you can be sure it will not have a Windows server running behind the scenes. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
    Most computer “experts” are nothing more than Windows “experts,” and even the term is misleading.
    I DON’T claim to be an expert, as there are people who can blow by me with their knowledge, but I know Windows and Mac very well – Mac a bit more, for obvious reasons.
    My current job? IT support. Windows. :/ But hey, it pays for the Macs I keep buying for myself. 😀

    MW: heard – All I’ve “heard” since Vista has been released is: “WOW! What a piece of sh!+!!!”

  3. Yeah, that was the other thing. I think we can help to make newbie IT pros feel less threatened if we stop riding the Macs-never-need-help mantra. It’s not true. What is true is that very few workplaces offer any support for their Mac users so the users are self maintaning. The reality is also that, since this is the case most Mac user no more about general computing problems irregardless of platform, and often end up helping themselves, other Mac users, and Windows users. Anyway, along with a co-worker I help to maintaine, install, fix, train, etc. about 12 Mac based workstations along with some Mac laptops and and Xsan, and to make a long story short, that many machines does require almost daily attention – not a lot of daily attention – but some, and once in awhile a lot, especially with regard to the Xsan. I’m not an IT person, don’t want to be, and definitely don’t get paid to be. Our in-house IT persons have dogmatically said they don’t do Macs, so in addition to my generally heavy work load, I have to take care of house keeping for quite a few Macs, and I hope, wish, and often pray for an IT pro willing to learn, or better yet, that we start hiring our IT people based in part on their required experience with the Macintosh and all of its potential services.

    Our IT guy is nice about it, but useless none the less. I’d gladly trade him for a good Mac IT pro because that IT pro will come already able to do Windows, and then I can focus on what I’d rather be doing – Using my Mac to get my work done.

  4. Here’s the plan:

    1. Get an IT job
    2. Rise through the ranks on performace
    3. Corner the CFO in an elevator or at the nearby coffee shop, convince him to switch to Macs, lay off your entire team except for you who gets a promotion (and a few choice picks to get the remaining work done.)
    4. profit!

  5. Think of the freedom people will enjoy when the take back their cubicles by replacing their large black and gray boxes with Mac Minis. What more does the average office worker need in terms of a computer than a Mac Mini? Imagine too a worplace that used Xserves and network-based home directories, so users can access their own personalized desktop, applications and files from any Mac Mini on the network.

  6. SAP runs on Macs. I’ve got it open on my PBG4 right now.

    We’ve been using it to run our enterprise since before Y2K and it works great. Even supports Applescript.

    SAP NetWeaver- SAPGUI for Java 7.0
    Running SAPR3 Enterprise (4.7)

  7. Actually Apple is moving into full support of SAP. From Macenterprise.org:

    Written by MacEnterprise.org
    Monday, 12 February 2007
    The next MacEnterprise.org webcast, Using SAP with Mac OS X, will take place on Tuesday, February 20th 2007. Using SAP with Mac OS X: Current deployments, support, and future roadmap. Come hear the latest on using SAP with Mac OS X, and how Apple run their business on SAP with Mac OS X.. The Webcast ID for February 2007 will be MacEnterprise

    Slides are available at their website as well.

  8. I’m with you on that count. I’m tired of being held hostage to Windows Certified (Certifiable?) slackers running around a professional environment dressed like they are at a Baseball game trying every way they can to force every last UNIX/Mac/LINUX/Solaris box/server out of ‘their’ system. They also want everything more powerful than a pocket calculator locked up behind their doors with restricted access, despite the fact that our place of business is a 24/7/265 operation and they are M-F daytime with really sh*tty callback performance.

    Sounds like a localized rant. doesn’t it. Sadly, it’s more often the rule rather than the exception at many small to mid size companies. They also like to approach every question/problem/deployment with their smarmy, condescending attitude toward people with more education, computer knowledge and experience (we got along fine on UNIX before you and your white box PeeCees, dude).

    Macs scare the sh*t out of them. They know that all too well and are uncomfortable with anything that doesn’t need their constant attention/meddling. They also know that Windows Certification is basically worthless in a UNIX/LINUX/Mac environment unless you have other experience, education or skills. I’d love nothing better than to see these clowns sent to the Unemployment Office while they wait for a job where they can ply their Windows only religion. And they call Mac users a cult…

  9. Yesterday, at my gym there was a group of about 6 or so people (all 25-39) who are not computer geek types at all, but they were talking about how their next computer purchase was going to be a Mac. They all had stories of friends and family members who have switched in the last year and love their Mac.

    Apple is doing it all by word of mouth, but I think the commercials help a little, too.

  10. Whoa there Chris (the first one up there)! That may be putting the cart before the horse. First of all, many businesses won’t consider Macs if their software is Windows-only to begin with (proprietary and/or industry-specific software). And if they DO buy Macs, the software companies won’t necessarily “port” these apps to be Mac-native. Especially now that Macs can run Windows. They will just figure the Macs can run the software as-is. Also, why do you seem to think it’s so “easy” to port Windows (or <gasp> DOS) software to OS X? Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn’t! Especially for a company not previously familiar with Macs.

    I agree, it would be nice for them to all change and suddenly start writing OS X native software, but the tidal wave shift to Macs needs to be pretty darn huge for that to happen to many software companies.

  11. and SAPGUI for Java 7.10 is already supported in Leopard, with JRE 6.0.

    SAPGUI for HTML is supported on Mac OS X with Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and 2.0

    SAP Widgets work as well on Mac OS X and, btw, what do you think Apple use in iTunes and the Apple Store if not SAP?

    The SAP Java Gui runs as UB implemente das a Java Swing application using Apple’s Java 1.4 JVM

    Actually, to all SAP Developers out there: Try WebKit.app which contains many enhancements required by EP/WebDynpro. WebKit can be downloaded now for Tiger and will support Safari 3.0 in Leopard.

    @fatal: you are spouting lots of FUDS buddy, but I guess it is just plain ignorance.

  12. I work at a Big Four firm and our print server went down yesterday and I asked the tech guy if it was running Windows. He said it was and I said that was the problem. He laughed because he knew it was true and then said at least it’s not running Vista. We both cringed at that thought and I said I’m a Mac guy. With that he held up his fingers like a cross to a vampire. He’s a cool guy but they have to get over being anti-Mac, especially when they know Windows is crap and joke around at how bad it is. WTF???

  13. All of the IT weenies are out in full force today, hm?

    I kinda dabble in IT-related stuff at my job…I’m SO glad that I don’t have to do it full time. We have Windows machines at work (Mac at home), and I feel for those guys…I really do. We’ve got so much invested in our Windows servers and infrastructure, that we (specifically the people with the check books) cannot see over the heap of garbage we’re buried in.

  14. My 20″ iMac has been a fine workhorse for book and magazine publishing these last two years.

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