“Most IT departments are not deploying Macintosh systems in large numbers and those that are are deploying are usually in niche spaces such as graphic arts, multimedia and publishing. The truth is that Mac OS has changed quite a bit in the last few years and today’s Apple systems offer a reasonable alternative for Windows systems for many mainstream uses OS X Leopard is rock solid UNIX at the core with Apple’s elegant user interface on top. One of the big issues around business use centers on myths that still exist regarding the platform,” Michael Gartenberg blogs for Jupiter Research.
Gartenberg covers the following myths:
• Macs are expensive vs. PCs: In many cases, comparable Apple systems are priced similarly or in some cases are even cheaper than their competition.
• Macs lack software: MacDailyNews Note: Gartenberg covers all of the bases except one: Macs run Windows and Linux apps and therefore Macs, not any other PC, have the capability to run the world’s largest software library. Slum it with Windows when you’re absolutely forced to — until the glorious day arrives when you don’t need Windows anymore.
• Apple Macs are proprietary: Apple is one of the most standards driven operating systems you can purchase… (Apple was actually the first OS vendor to bundle TCP/IP support into a commercial operating system).
Gartenberg writes, “Apple systems can be a seamless fit for many organizations. Time to get over the myths and take a closer look.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Note: CEOs, who runs the company, you or the IT guy? It’s your job to make the decisions and it’s the IT guy’s job to implement your decisions that relate to technology. You need to educate yourself instead of relying on someone with their own, possibly hidden, agendas to make extremely important technology decisions for your company. Most of you could be saving a lot of money right now, but you aren’t because you’ve delegated an important and expensive portion of your company’s decision-making process to people who, frankly, in our experience, aren’t capable of making good, sound, strategic, long-term decisions. Most IT guys (and we know many) are not open-minded enough to be able to consider new, better, more efficient, more effective options that would benefit your company. In fact, most IT guys we’ve met will throw up road blocks and repeat myths until they’re blue in the face in order to avoid change. Especially change that might make their department less critical and smaller. Bottom line: most of you CEOs have given the IT guy way, way, way too much power. It’s time to take it back.