Boom! Largest automobile processing company in North America dumps Windows PCs for Apple Macs

“It’s little things like the small silver Apple logo on CIO Dale Frantz’s crisp white shirt that signal the sea change in the works at Auto Warehousing Co.Over the next 60 days, AWC will begin systematically pulling the plug on all Windows-based PCs in its cavernous auto processing shop and power up Macs to execute virtually all of its revenue-generating operations. The move comes on the heels of a quiet wholesale replacement of Windows-based servers for data storage and Web operations, which are now running on Apple Inc.’s Xserve RAID machines,” Julia King reports for Computerworld.

“AWC’s new strategic enterprise technology plan is the direct result of proof-of-concept testing that indicates that the company can cut costs, increase system reliability and security, and provide expanded IT support services by porting a major portion of its IT infrastructure to Apple,” King reports.

“For Apple, which declined to comment for this story, the move represents a feather in its enterprise computing cap. It also gives the vendor a toe in the door of the Microsoft-heavy automotive industry. AWC is the largest full-service auto processing company in North America, with 23 sites across the U.S. and Canada,” King reports.

King reports, “In late February, [AWC’s CIO Dale Frantz] gave a MacBook Pro to senior programmer/analyst Robert Mullen with a simple directive. ‘Play with it for 30 days, and if at the end of the 30 days you don’t like it, bring it back to me,’ Frantz recalls. ‘I never went back,’ Mullen says. ‘And then I started begging for an Apple desktop.'”

Full article – very highly recommended – here.

Also highly recommended is Computerworld’s Editorial by Don Tennant, “Tale of an IT Hero,” which is about Dale Frantz. Read it here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Shinobi” and “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]
The awakening continues. Congratulations, AWC!

44 Comments

  1. Yet a minor business aquistion. Once they realize that they are being overcharged for poor QA on their devices, they will switch back. Especially when the workers note that Apple’s “revolutionary phone” has battery and speaker problems, its “revolutionary internet device” has no flash or java support and is on generation old data speeds and it is quality assured with a battery and speaker defect!
    Yay! Recall on the way! Short now before it si too late!

  2. Great article. The thing that’s different about AWC is that its head guy, this Dale Frantz, is knowledgeable and involved in the IT decisions. So different from many companies. Rock on, guys!

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