“Timothy Keanini, chief technology officer at nCircle, loves Macs, just not in his company, a maker of network security and compliance management tools,” Robert Lemos reports for CIO.
“Keanini, who handled IT decisions until the company grew large enough to bring in a director of IT in 2005, encouraged and officially supported nCircle’s approximately 40 engineers using MacBooks,” Lemos reports. “‘The rest of our company was Windows, but engineering was mainly Macs because of me,’ he said.”
“But ultimately, instead of productivity gains, dealing with compatibility issues between the Macs used by the engineers and the PCs running Windows used by the line-of-business people in the office slowed down work and resulted in communications issues, he said,” Lemos reports.
Lemos reports, “So while Apple’s sales continue to grow, Keanini decided to buck the trend, and gave up on his most recent Apple machine, an Intel dual-core based MacBook Pro. ‘Between four and six months ago, I switched back to Windows,’ he said.”
Lemos describes five reasons why this so-called “Mac fan” switched to Windows:
1. Productivity trumps religion. Depending on how a company uses Macs, trying to integrate the computers into a company’s workflow can kill productivity, Keanini said. The applications never quite match up, data has to be massaged to be useful, and the company has to design work-arounds for each issue, he said.
MacDailyNews Take: So, the problem was the existing Microsoft Windows-based infrastructure. Not the Macs. Macs run Windows natively and/or via fast virtualization. Most real “Mac fans” know that already, Mr. Keanini.
2. Calendar programs no longer sync with the rest of the company, and documents created in one office software suite have to be converted to another, usually Microsoft Office. If your company uses Microsoft Exchange, as Keanini’s does, this adds another layer of problems.
MacDailyNews Take: Ditto our Take above.
3. You may become quite attached to a Windows application or two and decide that Apple doesn’t have a comparable equivalent. Apple is well known for creating user-friendly applications, but for Keanini, Microsoft has a lead with at least one program: OneNote, which he uses for personal information management.
MacDailyNews Take: Okay, so, for one program to which you are “quite attached,” you’re dumping your Mac for Windows? Run it in boot camp or Parallels/VMWare and shut up, Mr. Obvious Microsoft Mouthpiece. And, again, the problem here is Microsoft – not making a Mac equivalent – not the Macs which are perfectly capable of running a native OneNote, if Microsoft could somehow get their 10,000 spaghetti coders to stop daydreaming in their cubes and poop out some more pasta. Microsoft will never create Mac versions of OneNote or Outlook or achieve feature-parity for other apps (Office) precisely because this is how they keep sheep like Keanini in the pen.
4. “The designers of Mac — again, this is their priesthood — are not thinking about letting their users go,” Keanini said. “It’s like Hotel California: They are not expecting you to leave.” Companies that move over to the Mac OS X should expect to spend a lot of time converting data if they decide to move back to Windows, Keanini said.
MacDailyNews Take: Laughable, illogical tripe. Microsoft is the incompatible company, not Apple. Macs can run Windows which is the ultimate in compatibility. Microsoft and Windows are all about erecting roadblocks to keep their users locked-in. Apple Macs are the machines that for years read and wrote PC-formated disks. Windows PCs just sat there dumbfounded when a Mac disk was popped in. Extrapolate from there: Mac OS X contains many technologies designed, not because they are the best options, but only because they are used by Windows. This propaganda piece is sickening in its transparent obviousness.
5. Aluminum cases make MacBook Pro laptops, like the one Keanini chose, very sleek. But, Keanini said, the focus on design overlooked the fact that the computers throw off a lot of heat; so much so that he found he could not use the computer on his lap. ‘The religion made me blind,’ he said.
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Eric W” for the heads up.]
MacDailyNews Take: This article reeks of Microsoft talking points — note the repeated use of the word “religion” meant to denigrate the choice of Mac as some sort of blind, factually-bereft flight of fancy — and reads like a PR plant. Are we supposed to be surprised that a maker of network security tools wants people to dump their Macs for Windows? Puleeze. Robert Lemos and CIO should be ashamed.
All Macs sold today can run Windows. All businesses with an eye for value and the future should be buying Macs and, if they need to, run Windows apps when necessary. What those tied to the Windows-centric PC world are worried about is what comes next. Mac market share continues to rise. Developers continue to flock to Macs. New, better business apps surface that are Mac OS X-based because users don’t want to be forced to run virtualized Windows or boot up into native Windows when they can run in their preferred Mac OS X; they same OS that their iPhones and home computers run. Windows slowly dies.
This article, despicable as it may be, is also expected and somewhat welcome as it clearly shows that Microsoft and their attached leeches are really starting to squirm.
Expect to see more of this type of FUD, not less, as Apple Macs continue to take market share from Windows PCs.