Apple’s Mac sees grassroots demand in enterprise

“Apple’s success in the home and education markets has led to burgeoning grassroots demand for Macs in many organizations, since more and more recent college graduates have Mac backgrounds these days. At Georgetown University Law Center, nearly 50 percent of the students are using Macs, up from less than 1 percent a few years ago, says CIO Pablo Molina,” Robert L. Mitchell reports for Computerworld.

“Guido Sacchi, CIO and senior vice president of corporate strategies at CompuCredit, decided to go with the flow. He’s allowing Macintoshes into the business when the requester makes a valid business case. ‘If they think they can get better productivity on a Mac, so be it. Who am I to stop them?’ he says,” Mitchell reports.

“Sacchi’s attitude is a tacit acknowledgment that innovative technologies and those offering “superior user experience” are evolving in the home market, not the business arena. ‘The winning strategy is about providing tools to the users that pretty much resemble what they’re doing at home,’ he says,” Mitchell reports.

“This ‘consumerization of IT’ is leading Apple into the enterprise, albeit through the back door, says Gartner analyst Charles Smulders,” Mitchell reports. “However, might this also signal the stirrings of a bigger change — a Mac insurrection at the enterprise level?”

Full article here.

22 Comments

  1. I think with the advent of the iPhone to the enterprise, anything is possible. But I don’t think Apple is looking to serious at enterprise sales, if it did, it would already have more of a foothold.

  2. Surprisingly left unsaid is the reality that todays consumer Macs and PC are far more powerful than the mainframe, and other big iron, that initiated the rise of corporate IT departments. I think this really changes the dynamics of how IT personnel can or need to dictate much of the of the policies needed in the past.

  3. In the corporate world there are many companies using PC’s as terminals to talk To an IBM AS400 Mainframe using an emulation software program. And with that in mind the IT department when asked about using Mac’s they say “can’t do that Mac’s can’t talk to the Mainframe. So un-true Mocha MacX TN5250 is a great emulation software product that works better than any PC version emulation software. If all companies would only switch over to Mac’s they could save a bundle, no IT department.

  4. After reading the article, its easy to see how businesses get themselves into trouble. They have no real clue as to what is going on.

    Why would Apple want to lower its margins to next to nothing to compete with HP and Dell for being a windows platform??? The companies that really look at total cost can see that Macs run cheaper and work better, but ….geee…..look at all the money they have spent on Windblows junk….. And purchasing like to haggle and buy those really cheap machines where IT then buys all the upgrade parts and puts the machine together in house. It saves money,,,, right??? LOL

    Sorry guys This just goes to show you that Macs getting into business will be a 5-10 year thing, but when the workers quit putting up with the Windblows problems, workers are going to get their Macs. Not all at once… Not for a while. But eventurally.

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  5. Spark, those big-iron systems have grown a bit as well. My first “big iron” was a 16-bit, 64K room full of equipment … and not all that powerful. But it replaced a couple dozen ‘clerks’ – even after accounting for the folks needed to feed and coddle it. That was in the late 60s. Sure, my G5 is 64-bit (I think), as is the latest MacPro, and RAM is no longer any sort of limitation, and it isn’t all that big … and it is fairly powerful. Today’s big iron still fills a room, still requires AC, and still makes my small tower – as well as the 8-core current version – seem slow.
    More Macs are entering the Enterprise today because a) making a business case is easier and b) fewer IT types are foolish enough to throw FUD at them. If the C*O wants one, or the graphics/web/advertising/etc department wants them (and will forgo “support”), they get them.
    Dave

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