IT manager for Fortune 500 company seriously considering OS-unlimited Apple Macs

Apple Store“This week I had an interesting discussion with an IT manager for a Fortune 500 company that is exploring the idea of purchasing Macs for mainstream enterprise deployment as well as for its graphics and advertising departments. As a result of this conversation, I began to think differently about the Mac and its potential role in the future of mainstream business,” Tim Bajarin reports for PC Magazine.

Macs can also run Microsoft Windows

Bajarin reports, “In my talk with this IT manager, he stated that Parallels’ new software is the reason he has seriously begun considering Macs. Although he is not thinking of tossing out all of the company’s PCs, he does think that having these dual-OS Macs in his IT shop could give his users some more options. And he’s already supporting both PCs and Macs, so making the Mac an option for mainstream IT usage makes sense. When I pushed him on this, he said there is another reason: Because Apple had made some serious headway infiltrating college campuses, often recent graduates come into the company and want to keep using their Macs. Until now, they had been told no and have had to move over, begrudgingly, to the Windows platform. Though this is not a widespread issue, he told me he would like to give prospective employees the option of using a Mac or a PC.”

Bajarin writes, “Now that is a forward-thinking IT manager! …I do think that the Mac’s new ability to run Windows as well as OS X has to be viewed as a potential disruptive force within IT departments. At the very least, it should get Apple broader attention within traditional Windows-only IT operations.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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35 Comments

  1. This is very exciting indeed. As MDN has coined: Embrace and extinguish. It will be a long road for this to come to fruition but it is nice to see the journey is happily underway.

    MDN Word: “held”, as in Macs in the IT world have been held back from their rightful position long enough.

  2. Just think about it… what if apple released mac os for a normal PC… Apple could corner the world. but we can only dream… l just bought a new PC with windows vista. big mistake. but for now l`ll just have to live with it till l can afford a mac mini..
    Paul

  3. “Steve Ballmer is happy. Buy a mac and buy windows, too.
    Apple wins, Microsoft wins.”

    Not as long as I keep using the Windows XP Pro disc that I bought 5 years ago they don’t. I don’t want or need Vista just to run a handful of Windows apps with Boot Camp or Parallels, nor do millions of others out there….

  4. And now imagine that a premium version of Leopard will allow 2 monitors, 2 keyboards, 2 mice, and 2 users …. at the same time.

    I want to see Apple do this so bad I can hardly stand it. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

  5. Just think about it… what if apple released mac os for a normal PC

    It does run on a normal PC. They are made by Apple. OS X just doesn’t work on Microsoft reference design PCs. They are made by HP, Dell, and many others.

  6. I’ve been waiting for this. Most corporate IT organizations are under some SEVERE cost restraints (and even cost cuts) these days. To the point that their old way of doing things is starting to break down and fail their end users, which inevitably brings a lot of negative attention from upper management. The days of silo thinking where computing choices are concerned because of all the MS Acolytes and their MCSA’s running the show are slowly breaking down because they’ve only done things that guarantee them continued employment which is decidedly against the grain of efficiency and reliability as any Mac user will tell you. Add in the increasing influx of Mac users into the workforce, as this particular IT manager points out, and the ability of a Mac to run pretty much any OS an employee may want, and the Mac starts looking mighty attractive while reducing support costs and allowing for greater standardization of hardware. What’s not to love?

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