“Apple could be waiting for the release of Mac OS X Jaguar to tout its credentials for business customers. But Windows switchers appear to be raising the Mac flag already in the enterprise,” David Morgenstern writes for eWeek.
MacDailyNews Take: No need to wait for Mac OS X Jaguar, as it was released on August 23, 2002. We think he means Mac OS X “Leopard,” due in “spring 2007.”
Morgenstern continues, “Believe it or not, prior to the great PC purges of the middle 1990s, the Macintosh was an enterprise computer. It’s the truth. In bygone days, a good number of corporations and academic sites did all their desktop computing on the Mac, purchase orders were cut for thousands of Macs at a time, and Apple showed its stuff in booths at enterprise-centric shows such as DBExpo. Others had a mix of Macs and PCs. Of course, this was a time when a full-fledged GUI was a novelty to those used to a DOS prompt.”
“Despite its absence from that market for some 10 to 15 years, the Mac is making a comeback, starting with former Windows users now switching platforms. While this move often comes without the blessing of IT management, the trend has already started, according to some eWEEK readers,” Morgenstern writes.
“A technical engineer at Cisco, who declined attribution…, said Cisco’s IT department officially supports Windows, a version of Linux and Solaris. ‘However, if you start attending meetings in any conference room within any Cisco building, you would begin to question just how official things are. There is a growing group of individuals, from sales to engineering to marketing that have abandoned Windows for good,’ he said. He said while Macs are officially discouraged, Cisco often allows its employees to buy a Mac instead of leasing a PC. Employees present a special circumstance to support the purchase of a Mac” Morgenstern writes.
Morgenstern writes, “He said there were “visible productivity improvements” by Mac users over Windows users within organizations at the company. This was helping to drive switchers. ‘The advantages to engineering is especially great. PC users are getting frustrated with Mac users as many engineering call flows, architectural diagrams, etc. are being whipped up in no time with [The Omni Group’s] OmniGraffl.e [Microsoft Office] Visio is nowhere as fast to work with,’ he continued.”
“The common wisdom of a homogenous computing environment seems to be cracking… Open standards are seen as a benefit and a strategic goal within organizations. The Mac plays well with others,” Morgenstern writes. “So, perhaps Cisco shows how the Mac will recover its foothold in the enterprise. Not with a big splash of acceptance, but with the slow advance towards official support… And since some of the new Mac users are C-level executives, it will become increasingly tough for the IT department to keep saying ‘no.'”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Shinobi” for the heads up.]
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