CIO: Apple’s Mac OS X is the most cost effective operating system

“The advent of Vista and Mac OS X, along with the ascension of Linux, add new dimensions to a long-time controversy. Now more than ever before, the Mac OS is the most cost effective operating system of all,” Jacqueline Emigh reports for CIO.

“Whether or not they’ve undertaken formal TCO or ROI studies, many customers today claim to be attaining substantial economic advantages from using Mac OS, either instead of or in conjunction with other OSes,” Emigh reports.

“Despite all the energy Microsoft has poured into the new Vista, Mac is still king of the hill when it comes to desktop ease of use—translating, at the end of the day, into higher productivity and lower tech support and training expenditures,” Emigh reports.

Why Mac OS X is the best choice financially speaking:
• Macs bring a better overall value proposition
• Macintosh licensing fees are cheaper
• The Mac desktop spawns fewer calls to the help desk
• Mac users are more productive workers
• Macs last longer
• Mac OS X is more secure
• Mac is just as cost-effective as Windows to manage and administer
• Add Macs while hanging on to your investments in other OSes

Emigh reports, “You’re probably not going to see Fortune 500 firms marching in droves to 100 percent Mac OS deployments, are you? Not yet, anyhow. But something else is afoot. Observers are already noticing a lot more penetration among enterprise departments and SMBs, as customers grow more aware of the multiple financial benefits of Macs. It’s certainly a start.”

Full article, discussing each of the bullet points above, here.


  1. We’re doing a gradual roll out of Macs, since the cost of buying 25 PCs and 25 licences for them to access the Server is more expensive than buying 25 iMacs.

    Plus, buying Macs from the Refurb store saves you even more money!

     Rules

  2. “Try getting thru to the Windows entrenched IT guys. Not gonna happen.”

    Don’t have to. Apple is doing an end run around drones like that by placing Apple technology in the hands of the end users (iPods, iPhones) and creating a situation where the end users will demand the IT drones give them what they want.

    After all, don’t the IT guys work FOR the people they are supposed to be supporting?

  3. Time for a generational change in IT department. Need to start firing the job security crowd … they are too costly to keep around a business any more.

    They want to keep down the ruinous Microsoft path, fire their ass from the job.

  4. @Stephan

    Apple is moving forward and Microsoft is going backwards!

    Those companies who transitioned to Vista are now being afforded the opportunity to “downgrade” to XP. Lenovo said that they will extend the XP program until summer of ’08 in spite of the January ’08 deadline imposed by Microsoft.

    I’ll tell you what’s not gonna’ happen; Microsoft is not going to cut off support for XP come January.

    How much you wanna’ bet we’ll see a SP3 and 4 for XP?

  5. Winston exaggerated just a bit, but certainly had the right idea. Ed Stephan has a point, though … most of the support people have a vested interest in keeping Windows around and will fight tooth and claw to slow the invasion. My daughter-in-law-elect (son’s fiance) was a bit concerned about supporting Macs until she got to play with my son’s Apples. Took the Certification course and passed the second time around. Now she’s as big a Mac-addict as he is. And knows more answers, too. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />
    The take-over will not be instantaneous, it may not ever become a Mac-dominated environment, but it will progress. Take five years to break into the double-digit market-share? OK. Five more to become the #1 enterprise brand? OK.
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  6. @macromancer

    no the IT guys do not work FOR the employees, that is the point. Death to the “entrenched” IT guy

    the “end around” might just be the CEO using macs and loving it, and TELLING the IT guys to learn to support it or be fired

  7. “After all, don’t the IT guys work FOR the people they are supposed to be supporting?”

    This is what I thought too. I have always said IT is the only department that can constantly deny their customers. IT and Accounting are way too powerful, they make nearly all the decisions concerning the employees. Accounting, to a certain extent, I can understand. Once IT allows Macs on their network they lose a bit of power, and they don’t like that one bit.

  8. The problem is this…(not troll, facts)

    Corporations need CHOICE of hardware vendors because different ones supply different needs the market has.

    Corporations want a Operating System that’s UNIVERSAL AMONGST all these hardware choices so the investment in software and training can be used.

    Corporations want to be able to port their SOFTWARE choices and not be tied to a particular hardware lockin.

    Apple DOES NOT…

    1: Provide Mac OS X seperate from their hardware.

    2: Provide a adequate range of hardware choices nor can supply the volume necessary for worldwide coverage.

    Apple DOES…

    1: Have a flaky history

    2: Makes hardware choices against the needs of most of the computing public. (like mandating glossy screens for instance)

    3: Charges high prices for their hardware and/or doesn’t offer stripped versions of their hardware.

    4: Seems not to care about the corporate market, instead focusing on the consumer and media markets.

    Ok , Apple does make great software and hardware Yes Apple is a hardware comapany and a OS war with M$ would be futile because it’s already entrenched.

    The only way to win is if Microsoft just gave up and quit, then there would be a mad rush to Apple hardware and Apple could release Mac OS X seperatly.

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